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Francis Bacon | London | January 2022

"I can't imagine why people should think my work disturbing...if they think about what's going on in the world, they wouldn't think that my work is disturbing at all." Francis Bacon's obsession with mortality blazes in this selection of rare works for sale at Phillips' first sale of 2022, Editions London. In Bacon's 'Miroir de la tauromachie (Mirror of the Bullfight)' from 1990, we see the matador repeatedly facing death head-on, whilst appearing to maintain full confidence in his ability to defy it. Despite the pomp, grandeur and machismo associated with bullfighting as a spectator sport, it is also an embodiment of the capriciousness of mortality. Human and beast, locked together in Bacon's composition, dance roughly upon the flimsy boundary between life and death.

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