Francis Bacon’s studioPosted: August 13, 2016
I am thankful that my friend Rich steered me to the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin, not only for the excellent collection of contemporary art but also for a wonderfully voyeuristic view into Francis Bacon’s studio. Some years ago the whole studio (including walls, floor and ceiling) was dismantled and moved from London to Dublin where it has been catalogued and reassembled in all its chaotic disorder, including the steep staircase and rope railing that Bacon climbed every day to reach it. To capture it fully I would have had to draw in a much wider sketchbook, but I did manage to sketch a small pile of objects in a corner of the dimly-lit space. You can’t enter the room but you can walk around it and peer in through several plexiglass windows. My sketch in no way describes the amount of art materials, books, magazines, canvases, easels, boxes, furniture and dust in the room. It must be seen to experience it fully. If you are in Dublin, don’t miss this treasure.
To note: I haven’t been posting as frequently as usual due to health issues with a close family member. When all of that gets resolved I will resume at my regular and more frequent rate.