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Francis Bacon harvested his master works from the chaotic “compost” of his West London studio.

When the Irish-born artist Francis Bacon settled in London in the late 1920s, he was known not as a painter but as an interior designer. The Studio magazine described the 20-year-old transplant as “a young English decorator who has worked in Paris and in Germany for some years and is now established in London.” An accompanying photo spread featured designs that exuded the clean, minimalist style that was popular at the time and which would become a recurring motif throughout

  • Words:
    Charles Shafaieh
  • Photograph:
    Douglas Glass

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  • Words:
    Charles Shafaieh
  • Photograph:
    Douglas Glass
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