If you’ve seen any of Francis Bacon’s work, you’ll know that he doesn’t portray humans in a glamorous light.
As such, there’s a darkness to this new exhibition at Tate Britain, which takes in 100 years of work from radical artists such as Bacon and his contemporaries Lucien Freud and Frank Auerbach. The human body is often distorted, the yellowish skin starkly contrasted against a background of blacks, reds and browns. The figures are often out of proportion.
And while some of the works are surreal, there is a real-ness to the way in which all glamour has been extracted from their depiction. They’re bodies in natural, unattractive positions – seemingly unawares that they have been captured by the painter.