Study for the Nurse from The Battleship Potemkin” (Francis Bacon, 1957)


Francis Bacon. Study for the Nurse in the Battleship Potemkin, 1957. A study of the screaming mouth based on the Odessa sequence. This is one of many of his work based on the nurse’s reaction. Bacon said that he watched the film over and over. The Irish born painter Francis Bacon (1909–1992) was profoundly influenced by Eisenstein’s images, particularly the Odessa Steps shot of the nurse’s broken glasses and open mouthed scream.