His work would be etched upon the British consciousness after the Second World War. Coming out of the horrific and devastating war, Bacon’s paintings would reflect not only his consciousness but he would tap into the dark and unnerving subconscious of the people.
He was an Englishman who was brought up in Ireland during in his formative years. His childhood was a very tough and harrowing one, he suffered from severe asthma and that meant he was a recluse and very shy. Additionally, growing up with a strict protestant father and confronting his own homosexuality lead to a terrible and cruel relationship with his dad, where Francis would be badly beaten.
Those who would know Bacon personally later on in life would say this is what made him a masochist. With Bacon’s parents unable to accept his homosexuality they threw him out the house. Francis then ended up firstly in London (where he would return) and Paris thereafter, this is where he saw an exhibition by Picasso which gave him the inspiration to draw and paint.
While painting throughout WWII (as he was exempt from military service on account of his bad asthma) his Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion brought him critical acclaim in the art world and upset many others.
His career would then begin and he exhibited his Painting 1946 in the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The 1950s would be a golden age for Bacon’s paintings and it would highlight his own motifs and characteristics. One of his most prominent works was the Study after Velázquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X, this would show his style of enclosing frameworks. The 1950s portraits are very visceral and animalistic. His lack of formal training meant that he was not part of any movement and was an outlier in the most interesting way.
His various love interests would inspire some of his greatest works be it Peter Lacey or George Dyer, the latter who’s suicide at Bacon’s retrospective in Paris in 1971 would lead to some of his most eerie and haunting triptychs.
Francis Bacon was very successful in his artistic career but sadly died of pneumonia in 1992. In my opinion, you can see his life reflected his work, and that is what attracted people, his work would show when he was hurting or when he was in love. He bared all his emotions in his artwork and that is why I believe he is one of the greatest painters of all time.
Text written in March 2019.
James Garn, from the United Kingdom. My interests include photography, music (especially: jazz, hip/hop, and reggae), and philosophy.
Erasmus+ is a programme of the European Commission embracing the fields of education, training, youth and sports during the period 2014-2020. One of the major aspects is the cooperation between the different fields where the programme acts, hence contributing for a diverse and rich Europe.
Amongst the several goals of the programme, the following are prioritised: the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy, including the headline education target; the aims of the strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET 2020), including the corresponding benchmarks; the sustainable development of Partner Countries in the field of higher education; the overall goals of the renewed framework for European cooperation in the youth field (2010-2018); the objective of developing the European dimension in sport, in particular grassroots sport, in line with the EU work plan for sport and the promotion of European values in accordance with Article 2 of the Treaty on the European Union.
In order to achieve these goals, the Erasmus+ has several action policies. The Key Action 1 (KA1) is directed towards the mobility of people; Key Action 2 (KA2) for the cooperation for innovation and the interchange of good experiences; and Key Action 3 (KA3) which is for the support of reformation policies.
Since 1991 the University of Madeira Students’ Union has developed a wide incentive policy for voluntary work. In 2013 the Students’ Union started the process to receive, send and coordinate Erasmus+ projects of the European Voluntary Service, in order to have a larger influence in the volunteering field. The Union received its first volunteer withing the ambit of a KA1 project in 2014. Many efforts have been done to allow young people from Madeira to take part in several initiatives in Europe, as well as propose several projects allowing young people from several countries to work in the projects of the Students’ Union of the University of Madeira. The main goal of the voluntary work is the contribution of the volunteers to the communities and places they will be staying, being their work not rewarded with payment.
We believe that the European Voluntary Service is a mechanism full of experiences, allowing the approved candidates to have the privilege of taking part in these projects and benefit the places and communities where these volunteers will be staying.
Since 2013, the University of Madeira Students’ Union has received volunteers that have collaborated in several activities and initiatives. Besides being able to enjoy a wonderful experience which will contribute to their personal and professional growth, they are able to contribute in a unique way to the community in which they are inserted and to join dozens of volunteers from the University of Madeira.