Pedro Meira Monteiro

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Despair and desolation

Despair and desolation. Maybe those are the feelings triggered by Francis Bacon’s paintings. The curator of the Bacon exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum in New York seems obsessed by the idea that the bodies that Bacon painted expressed something like “men without God” – one could read that statement all over the crowded galleries at the museum. We all know that Bacon’s art has to do with the lack of redemption, and the absence of any relief: in the end, we’re nothing but those horrible bodies.