Francis Bacon (October 28, 1909- April 28, 1992) was a self-taught British painter, best recognized for his geometrically shaped backgrounds and his unsettling portrayal of the human body. Born in Dublin, Ireland to an English family, Bacon would not begin his career as an artist until the 1930s, following his viewing of Pablo Picasso’s works. Other artists that inspired Bacon were Diego Velázquez, Vincent Van Goh, Cimabue, and even poet T.S. Elliot. Though his paintings were initially not well-received, Bacon gained artistic recognition in 1944 for his triptych image, Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion. He would go on to exhibit in museums such as Musée National d’Art Moderne, Museum of Modern Art, and Marlborough Fine Art, as well as showcase in solo exhibitions in Spain, Japan, and America.