Francis Bacon - Evening & Day Editions London Wednesday, September 14, 2022 | Phillips
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    Bruno Sabatier 9
    Alexandre Tacou 31

  • 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 (after, Triptych: right panel 1991) (S. 9, T. 31)

Aquatint in colours, on Fabriano Rosaspina paper, with full margins.
I. 134.5 x 98.6 cm (52 7/8 x 38 7/8 in.)
S. 163.5 x 121.2 cm (64 3/8 x 47 3/4 in.)

Embossed with the artist's signature and numbered 10/84 in pencil (there were also 26 artist's proofs in Roman numerals), co-published by Marlborough Graphics, London and 2RC Edizioni, Rome (with their and the Francis Bacon Estate blindstamps), framed.

£10,000 - 15,000 ♠†

Sold for £8,190

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Evening & Day Editions

London Auction 14 - 15 September 2022