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The year 1963 was a signal time for Francis Bacon, photographed here in his London studio. Bacon had earned a following among London's fashionable elite and youth subculture alike, as well as retrospective exhibitions at the Tate Gallery and New York's Guggenheim Museum. At a time when Clement Greenberg heralded the death of figurative art at the hands of pure formalism, Bacon remained defiantly concerned with figure and subject, often worked from photographs (never his own), and referred directly to the Old Masters. Paintings such as Pope Shouting and Three Studies for a Crucifixion revisited the canons of art with a fraught intensity and ferocity of style that ARTnews called "the paint of screams."

Douglas Glass (1901–1978)
Gelatin silver print, 1963
Published October 1963
ARTnews Collection, New York City
© J.C.C. Glass
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