my wife is into genealogy, tracing her roots all the way back to the basque region of spain. what has that got to do with this blog on francis bacon? well i have been fascinated by a few artists like basquiat, heirst, klee etc in this happy passion of mine called painting. so in reading up some of their bios, i would encounter bar none, a section on who their favorite (or one that influenced them) in their art. it got me thinking, like the chart my wife does with her learning exercise, there is an entire genealogical tree that you can trace back and interlink the network. this is an exercise of that - basquiat and heirst points to bacon. i wonder who i will find in understanding bacon, the artist?