Study for the Nurse in the Film "Battleship Potemkin" by Eisenstein, Francis Bacon
Francis Bacon
Study for the Nurse in the Film "Battleship Potemkin" by Eisenstein
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Francis Bacon

Study for the Nurse in the Film "Battleship Potemkin" by Eisenstein, 1957


Dimensions
198.0 x 142.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
SG 1248
Acquisition
Acquired in 1978
Status
On display

Texts

About the Work

Francis Bacon has locked a naked, screaming woman into a confined space constructed in perspective. He quoted the image from a scene in Sergei Eisenstein’s ‘Battleship Potemkin’, a film about an attack on civilians in Odessa in 1905, the event that triggers this scream. Bacon omits the narrative elements; the figure becomes a metaphorical bearer of pain. The glazing of the canvas – a part of the artist’s concept – creates a reflection that throws the viewer back upon himself. At the same time, the glass puts a distance between him and the existential scream.

Audio & Video

  • 01:21
    Basic information
  • 01:57
    Focus on religion
  • Kunst|Stück – Francis Bacon: Studie für die Krankenschwester in dem Film “Panzerkreuzer Potemkin”
    Sammlungshighlights des Städel Museums in unterhaltsamen und informativen Filmen – das sind die Kunst|Stücke. Entdecken Sie spannende Details zu Kunstwerken aus ungewöhnlichen Blickwinkeln in unter zwei Minuten. Francis Bacon: Studie für die Krankenschwester in dem Film "Panzerkreuzer Potemkin" (1925), Städel Museum Frankfurt. https://sammlung.staedelmuseum.de/de/werk/studie-fuer-die-krankenschwester-in-dem-film-panzerkreuzer-p#yt

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Study for the Nurse in the Film "Battleship Potemkin" by Eisenstein
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019, Foto: U. Edelmann
Acquisition
Acquired in 1978

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Associated Persons and Institutions
Illustrated Passage
  • Sergei Eisenstein: Panzerkreuzer Potemkin, Film, 1925, UdSSR
Associated Medium
  • Sergei Eisenstein: Panzerkreuzer Potemkin, Film, UdSSR 1925

Iconclass

Primary
  • 49G43 nurse ~ hospital
  • 43B611 swing
  • 31E2347 violent death by firearms
  • 31B62351 crying, shouting
  • 56BB1 Pain, Sorrow, Sadness; 'Dolore', 'Dolore di Zeusi' (Ripa)
Secondary
  • 31AA235 sitting figure - AA - female human figure
  • 31AA311 eyeglasses, spectacles - AA - female human figure
  • 49D342(RECTANGLE) regular quadrilateral (RECTANGLE)

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15.05.2019