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Color lithograph on wove paper
UK, 1975
Francis Bacon (1909-1992) – Irish figurative painter
Signed in brown felt pen lower left ‘Francis Bacon’
Numbered lower right ‘42/170’
Published by the Metropolitan Museum Art, New York, with blind stamp and text, on the occasion of the 1975 exhibition ‘Francis Bacon: Recent Paintings’
Sheet dimensions: 62 ¾ x 43 in. (159.4 x 109.22 cm.)
Good condition
Literature: Bruno Sabatier, Francis Bacon: The Graphic Work, no. 11.
Estimate $7,000-$8,500

Featuring the central image of the artist’s “Metropolitan Triptych”, this exhibition poster by Francis Bacon features his unparalleled signature style. An amorphous figure kneels facing away from the viewer, sitting in a pool of purple and flanked by two portraits of men in suits and ties. The figure is placed before a black square – imagery often present in Bacon’s works – suggesting a doorway or void. A second figure rests at the front of the composition, his body abstracted to an absurd quality, with large eyes staring straight at the viewer.

Executed in 1975, this color lithograph on wove paper is signed and numbered forty-two from an edition of one hundred and seventy. Published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art on the occasion of the 1975 exhibition, “Francis Bacon: Recent Paintings”, the work measures 62 ¾ x 43 inches. Toning around sheet edges, pale scattered foxmarks. Otherwise in good condition with no evidence of tears or repairs.

Francis Bacon (Irish, 1909-1992)

Widely considered one of the greatest figurative painters of the 20th century, Francis Bacon is best known for his violently expressive imagery. Largely self-taught, Bacon was born in Dublin and moved to London as a teenager before living in Paris and Berlin. His paintings – often portraits – feature screaming, agonized, or caged figures that explore the depths of human nature and mortality. Over the course of his career, Bacon received both positive and negative acclaim, though his distinctive style is unparalleled. Since his death, his work has continued to grow in popularity and has been featured in exhibitions at the Tate Gallery in London, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., the Stedelijik Museum in Amsterdam, and The Museum of Modern Art in New York, among many other institutions. His paintings, drawings, and prints can be found in major collections around the world.

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Francis Bacon, Lithograph, Metropolitan Museum of Art,

Auction ended on Sat, Jun 6, 2015
Estimate $7,000 - $8,500
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