Francis Bacon

Biography

Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon was born October 28, 1909 in Dublin, Ireland, the second of five children to parents of British descent. During the First World War the family moved to London, Where Bacon’s father, Anothony Edward ‘Eddy’ Mortimer Bacon, served in the War office. After the war the family returned to Ireland, moving between various country houses in County Laois and County Kildare and sometimes returning to England. Bacon attended the Dean Close School, Cheltenham, from the autumn of 1924 to the spring of 1926. This would be his only formal schooling as a child.

In 1926 Bacon went to London and survived by a modest allowance from his mother (£3-a-week). Later travelling to Berlin, Bacon was overwhelmed with the cultural experience. This life of the city was uninhibited and thrived artistically with new developments in architecture, painting and cinema. Following Berlin, Bacon moved to Paris in the summer of 1927 where he began to explore the art world by visiting galleries such as Galerie Paul Rosenbert. After seeing the exhibition of Picasso drawings, Bacon seemed to consider the idea of becoming an artist. Moving to Montparnasse, Bacon had the opportunity to see exhibitions by Picabia, de Chirico and Soutine.