I’ve zoomed in three times so you can see Bacon’s incredibly unique way of depicting faces
“As you know, I’ve always been what you might call completely homosexual. Nobody can say anything for certain about these questions, I know, but they seem related to the very pattern of one’s nervous system. I myself believe that at the very moment of conception you get a kind of blueprint of what the nervous system’s going to be. And then there’s not much you can do to change it later, not even with psychoanalysis and so on. It’s like having a limp, and you’re what’s called stuck with it. But I do think that the division between the sexes has largely been invented. Terribly few people are just one thing or the other.”
‘Man in Blue VII’, 1954. Oil on canvas.