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Typical of Bacon’s work in this period, 'Study for Portrait No.6' shows an anonymous, suited figure (possibly taken from the newspaper or magazine cuttings Bacon collected) enclosed in a claustrophic box-like space. His arms truncated, the man’s torso merges into his surroundings, heightening the sense of enclosure. One of the highlights of the Hatton collection, Professor Kenneth Rowntree selected this work from the Contemporary Art Society’s 1961 display of recent acquisitions held at the Whitechapel Art Gallery.
oil on canvas
149 x 116 cm
presented by the Contemporary Art Society, 1962
The Quadrangle Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 7RU EnglandView venue
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