Investigation of the materials found in the studio of Francis Bacon (1909-1992)

Russell, Joanna, Singer, Brian, Perry, Justin and Bacon, Anne (2012) Investigation of the materials found in the studio of Francis Bacon (1909-1992). Studies in Conservation, 57 (4). pp. 195-206. ISSN 0039-3630

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The investigation of materials found in Bacon's studio is reported. The contents of the studio are examined and interpreted to identify the materials and colours most favoured by Bacon, and the range of media used. A small number of colours appear to have been heavily used. Some objects used as tools in the painting process are also investigated and explain textures seen in paint in his works. Samples of selected materials from the studio are analysed to identify the components of paints (pigments, extenders, and binders) used by Bacon. This investigation is part of a wider project examining his materials and techniques. The analytical information obtained here from the studio helps to clarify the statements made by Bacon in interviews regarding his use of materials and is proving useful in the identification of materials in his paintings, in order to help with the conservation and authentication of his works.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: artists' materials and techniques, painting analysis, Py–GC–MS, PLM, pigments, Francis Bacon, FTIR
Subjects: F100 Chemistry
W900 Others in Creative Arts and Design
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Applied Sciences
Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Arts
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2012 11:28
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 18:27

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