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Francis Bacon 

Self-Portrait, 1971, oil on canvas 

The way the self-portrait is painted disfigures and mutilates the facial features of the artist himself. Chaotic, bold brushstrokes create a sensation of stress and tension within the image. The artificial colours within the face (blue, orange and purple) also contribute to the alienated appearance. The fact that the portrait is painted against the plain, monochrome background accentuates and places emphasis on the portrait itself, which is why the portrait stands out a lot more. 

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