One of the most important artists of our time, Francis Bacon, is known for his surrealistic and distinctive figurative art. Beverly Loan Company, coined “pawnshop to the stars” by the media, offers loans based on high-end collateral, including art by Francis Bacon. The now deceased painter held the record for a short period of time in 2013 as the most expensive piece of art ever sold at auction.
Bacon was born in Ireland to British parents in 1909, but the artist eventually landed in London after moving around for quite some time. London is where he worked as an interior decorator and furniture and rug designer. Never taking a formal class, he eventually started painting as a hobby, and was included in a 1937 “Young British Painter” exhibition. This is the same period of time that Louis Zimmelman, the founder of Beverly Loan Company, was starting his family business in Beverly Hills. Francis Bacon began painting full time in 1944 and started establishing a style that would define him throughout his career.
Living through the World War II in London, the self-taught artist had many dark themes including human suffering, violence and anxiety in his work. Much of his famous pieces are distorted, isolated portraitures that he has become known for. Inspired by artists like Pablo Picasso and Diego Velazquez, Bacon carved out his own unique and identifiable style.
His triptych’s (a painting split into three sections), are incredibly popular at auctions. His piece “Three Studies of Lucian Freud” sold for over 142 million in 2013.
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