Francis Bacon - Evening & Day Editions London Tuesday, June 14, 2022 | Phillips

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  • 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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Seated Figure (after, Study for a Portrait 1981) (S. 5, T. 15)

1983
Etching and aquatint in colours, on Arches paper, with full margins.
I. 72.7 x 54 cm (28 5/8 x 21 1/4 in.)
S. 102.3 x 71 cm (40 1/4 x 27 7/8 in.)

Signed and annotated 'HC' in pencil (one of 15 hors commerce impressions, there was also an edition of 99 in Roman numerals on Arches paper, 99 in Arabic numerals on Guarro paper, and 15 artist's proofs for each), published by Ediciones Polígrafa, Barcelona, framed.

Estimate
£8,000 - 12,000 ‡ ♠

Sold for £15,120

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Evening & Day Editions

London Auction 14-15 June 2022