• Search Icon
  • Toggle Menu
  • Close Menu

Study for Figure VI (1956-57)

Francis Bacon

oil on canvas

Hatton Gallery, Newcastle University

Study for Figure VI (1956-57)





Oil, Canvas


149 x 116 cm

Accession Number:



Presented by the Contemporary Art Society, with the aid of the R. J. Sainsbury Discretionary Fund, 1962



Ownership history:

Purchased from the artist through the Hanover Gallery, London by the Contemporary Art Society, with the R. J. Sainsbury Discretionary Settlement Fund, May 1957; presented to the Hatton Gallery, Newcastle, 1962


Portraits, Figures
Study for Figure VI is part of a series that Bacon created during his troubled relationship with pilot and pianist Peter Lacy. The figure in this painting sits in an enclosed space, a common motif in Bacon’s work. This has been linked to incidents during Bacon’s childhood, when he was allegedly locked in a dark cupboard. However, Bacon stated that he simply used cage imagery as a device to focus the image.

All rights reserved. Any further use will need to be cleared with the rights holder. Permission granted to reproduce for personal and educational use only. Commercial copying, hiring, lending is prohibited.

Read our copyright policy for more information.

Artworks by Francis Bacon

Browse more relevant artworks.

You Might Also Like