Francis Bacon about three studies for a crucifixion: “I know for religious people, for Christians, the crucifixion has a totally different significance, but for me, as a non-believer it stands for an act of man’s behaviour, way of behaviour to another.”
Interviewer: Do you believe in God?
Bacon: No. Why do you ask me such a stupid question.
‘I always think of myself not so much as a painter but as a medium for accident and chance.’
‘I don’t try to paint despair. But the thing about life is, after the age of about thirty what is, in a sense, fundamentally, but death? That’s not looking towards despair by the way, but it’s just a realization that there is the grave coming ever closer and closer closer closer coser closer.’