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  • Literature

    Bruno Sabatier 24
    Alexandre Tacou 25

  • Catalogue Essay

    Daniel Radford is a prominent figure in the Jewish world and the editor of many books including works by the Nobel Prize winning author Elie Wiesel. For a long period he held a library on the Rue de Rosiers in the Marais, Paris and is a leading Rabbi in Paris.

  • 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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Second version of triptych 1944: left panel

Lithograph in colours, on Arches paper, with full margins,
I. 62 x 46 cm (24 3/8 x 18 1/8 in.)
S. 75 x 56 cm (29 1/2 x 22 in.)

signed and inscribed 'Pour Daniel Radford' in pencil (a dedicated proof, the edition was 60 plus 23 hors commerce impressions and 8 artist's proofs), published by Michel Archimbaud for the Librarie Séguier for IRCAM Centre Pompidou, Paris, in good condition, framed.

£2,000 - 3,000 

Sold for £4,750

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Evening & Day Editions

London 12 December 2013 2pm & 6pm