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Preliminary Study for the Artist Francis Bacon in the Perspective of the Unconscious
Psychoanal 2019;30:32-39
Published online April 30, 2019;
© 2019 Korean Association of Psychoanalysis.

Hyun Kwon Lee

Lee Hyun Kwon Psychoanalytic Office, Seoul, Korea
Hyun Kwon Lee, MD, Lee Hyun Kwon Psychoanalytic Office, 27 Guuigangbyeon-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul 05115, Korea, Tel: +82-2-2138-7588, Fax: +82-2-2138-7589, E-mail:
Received February 19, 2019; Revised March 31, 2019; Accepted April 1, 2019.
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This preliminary study aimed at informing the beginning of the following series of theses. Francis Bacon is a painter representing not only Britain, but also the history of art in the 20th century. Thus, many books explain about his works, however, his ‘abstruse fear’ and his position in the history of art style have not been sufficiently explained. This preliminary study argued that the unconsciousness we experience all the time in clinical practices could explain about the painter’s unidentified parts to a certain degree. Also, through analysis on the painter, this study examined the possibilities to explain the perspectives of the unconsciousness through the history of art styles. This study briefly discussed how his superego could transform and how it was connected to his life by looking over a few of his artworks. Through such a process, this study concluded that the perspective of the unconsciousness takes a very important position in understanding Bacon’s works. This preliminary study informing the beginning of the analysis on many of other painters, and it will identify how the unconsciousness could be expressed in the paintings under the influences of the era.
Keywords : Artist Francis Bacon · The unconscious · Art.

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