questions for artists

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I went to see the Francis Bacon/Henry Moore exhibit at the AGO this summer. During WWII Bacon painted something he called Three Studies for Figures at the Base of the Crucifixion–blind, nightmarish creatures with twisted bodies and many sharp teeth he said he modelled on the Greek Furies (see? I doodled one of them beauties in my journal).

Second Version of Triptych 1944 1988 by Francis Bacon 1909-1992Then in 1988 he painted them again (Second Version of Triptych 1944), this time against blood-red backgrounds.

WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY? My writerly imagination cannot get enough of this craziness. Was it a recurrent nightmare? An obsessive, perfectionist thing like, “I never did get that correct 20 years ago”? Or what?

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