Francis Bacon was born in Dublin 28th October 1909 and died in Madrid 28th April 1992. A largely self taught painter who is famous for his triptych`s, such as the seminal `Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion`(1944) and his portraits such as `Study after Velázquez's Portrait of Pope Innocent X` (1953). There is a great collection of his works in Dublin in The Hugh Lane Gallery where you can also see a fascinating complete reconstruction of his studio as it was at the time of Bacon`s death.
In his own words:
All painting is an accident. But it's also not an accident, because one must select what part of the accident one chooses to preserve.
I want a very ordered image, but I want it to come about by chance.
You see, painting has now become, or all art has now become completely a game, by which man distracts himself. What is fascinating actually is, that it's going to become much more difficult for the artist, because he must really deepen the game to become any good at all.
If you can talk about it, why paint it?