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Blurred boundaries: Francis Bacon’s portraits
Blurred boundaries: Francis Bacon’s portraits

Author(s): Timea Andrea Lelik
Subject(s): Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Studies of Literature, Non-European Philosophy, Aesthetics
Published by: Ústav svetovej literatúry, Slovenská akadémia vied
Keywords: "Portraiture"; "Francis Bacon"; "Gilles Deleuze"; "Buddhism";

Summary/Abstract: In his oeuvre Francis Bacon hints at the fact that portraiture sacrifices the subject for the sake of representation. For this reason, portraiture as a genre needs to re-determine the conditions that originally shaped it. Through an analysis of the manner in which Bacon depicts his subjects I will argue that his portraits blur the boundaries between object and subject, portrait and viewer, in order to remodel conventional notions of portraiture. Through Gilles Deleuze’s theory on Francis Bacon, I will reinterpret Bacon’s works through the prism of Buddhism, arguing that understanding the works through Buddhist practices opens the possibility of a complete transformation of preexisting concepts which traditionally shaped portrait making.

  • Issue Year: 11/2019
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 84-96
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: English