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Study from the human body
(1949)

Medium
oil on canvas
Measurements
147.2 × 130.6 cm
Accession Number
2992-4
Department
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1953
© Francis Bacon/ARS, New York. Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Digitisation Champion Ms Carol Grigor through Metal Manufactures Limited
Gallery location
Late 19th & early 20th Century Paintings & Decorative Arts Gallery
Level 2, NGV International

Colourmen

Colourman
WINSOR & NEWTON
Location
tacking edge fold lower edge reverse
Transcription
No 1 NATIONAL CANVAS/WINSOR & NEWTON LTD
Medium
ink stamp

Frame

Francis BACON
Study from the human body (1949)
Framemaker
Unknown - 20th century
Date
c.1949
Francis BACON
Study from the human body (1949)
About

Francis Bacon’s Study from the human body (Felton Bequest 1950) came to the collection in 1951 in the current frame, which can safely be considered the original presentation of the picture.

The frame is a simple wood moulding with a flat, stepped top edge and prominent scotia. The surface is gilded with false gold directly onto an off-white ground.
Bacon had a preference for heavy gilded frames fitted with protective glazing. The former referenced the legacy of his artistic predecessors, while the latter was a device to physically and symbolically distance the work from the viewer. Sylvester, D. (1987) Interviews with Francis Bacon. London : Thames and Hudson

The profile is one that would in previous times have carried runs of decorative moulding, in a style that might have been regarded as ‘Empire’. This method of using unadorned mouldings as the full substance of the frame became a common device in framing through the twentieth century.

For many years this painting was glazed with perspex. In September 2009 a piece of laminated optical coated glass was fitted to the painting.