Francis Bacon - Contemporary Art Day Sale London Monday, June 27, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galerie Lelong, Paris; Coskun Fine Art, London

  • Artist Biography

    Francis Bacon

    Irish-British • 1909 - 1992

    Francis Bacon was a larger-than-life figure during his lifetime and remains one now more than ever. Famous for keeping a messy studio, and even more so for his controversial, celebrated depictions of papal subjects and bullfights, often told in triptychs, Bacon signified the blinding dawn of the Modern era. His signature blurred portraits weren't murky enough to stave off his reputation as highly contentious—his paintings were provocations against social order in the people's eye. But, Bacon often said, "You can't be more horrific than life itself."
    In conversation with yet challenging the conventions of Modern art, Bacon was known for his triptychs brutalizing formalist truths, particularly Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion, which Bacon debuted in London in 1944, and Three Studies of Lucian Freud, which became famous when it set the record for most expensive work of art at auction at the time it sold in 2013.

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Triptych August 1972

printed 1989
Set of three colour lithographs on Arches paper.
Each: 65.5 × 48.5 cm (25 3/4 × 19 in).
Each signed in pencil ‘Francis Bacon’ and numbered of 180 in the margin, published by Galerie Lelong, Paris. This work is from an edition of 180.

£12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for £23,750

Contemporary Art Day Sale

28 June