Francis Bacon - Evening & Day Editions London Thursday, June 6, 2024 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Christie's, London, Beston Collection, 10 February 2006, lot 446
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Literature

    Bruno Sabatier 2
    Alexandre Tacou 34
    ars publicata, Francis Bacon Editions, 1978.01

  • 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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Portrait de Michel Leiris (after, Portrait of Michel Leiris 1976) (S. 2, T. 34)

Etching and aquatint in colours, on Arches paper, with full margins.
I. 29.9 x 25.1 cm (11 3/4 x 9 7/8 in.)
S. 67.5 x 52 cm (26 5/8 x 20 1/2 in.)

Signed in pencil and annotated 'for the files of the Marlborough' in ink (faded) (an unnumbered proof aside from the edition of 100 and 46 in Roman numerals), published by Éditions Georges Visat et Cie., Paris (with their blindstamp), 1978, unframed.

£4,000 - 6,000 ‡♠

Sold for £6,096

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Evening & Day Editions

London Auction 6 - 7 June 2024