Francis Bacon

British, 1909–1992

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Francis Bacon was a dominant figure of postwar art, and his canvases remain unmistakable for their contorted emotion and visceral physicality. “I would like my pictures to look as if a human being had passed between them, like a snail leaving its …

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Head of Man, 1909-1992
Sold on Oct 22, 2020
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oil on canvas
34.4 x 28.3cm
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Oct 22, 2020
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FRANCIS BACON (1909-1992) _Head of Man_ oil on canvas 13 ½ x 11 1/8in. (34.4 x 28.3cm.) Painted in 1959
Head of Man, 1909-1992
oil on canvas
Oct 22, 2020
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34.4 x 28.3cm
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Oct 22, 2020
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FRANCIS BACON (1909-1992) _Head of Man_ oil on canvas 13 ½ x 11 1/8in. (34.4 x 28.3cm.) Painted in 1959
Study from the Human Body, 1909-1992
Sold on Oct 22, 2020
£5,537,000
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oil, pastel and aerosol paint on canvas
198 x 147.8cm
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£5,537,000
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Oct 22, 2020
Christie's
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FRANCIS BACON (1909-1992) _Study from the Human Body_ signed, titled and dated 'Study from the Human Body 1991 Francis Bacon' (on the reverse) oil, pastel and aerosol paint on canvas 78 x 58 ¼in. (198 x 147.8cm.) Executed in 1991
Study from the Human Body, 1909-1992
oil, pastel and aerosol paint on canvas
Oct 22, 2020
Christie's
£5,537,000
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198 x 147.8cm
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Oct 22, 2020
Christie's
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£5,537,000
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FRANCIS BACON (1909-1992) _Study from the Human Body_ signed, titled and dated 'Study from the Human Body 1991 Francis Bacon' (on the reverse) oil, pastel and aerosol paint on canvas 78 x 58 ¼in. (198 x 147.8cm.) Executed in 1991
Etude pour une corrida, 1909-1992
Sold on Jun 30, 2020
€32,500
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Work on Paper
signed in felt pen (lower right), numbered '94/150' (lower left)
126.3 x 115 cm
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€32,500
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Jun 30, 2020
Christie's
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Francis Bacon (1909-1992) Etude pour une corrida signée au feutre (en bas à droite); numérotée 94/150 (en bas à gauche) lithographie en couleurs feuille : 160 x 120 cm. image : 126.3 x 115 cm. réalisée en 1971 sur papier vélin, cette épreuve porte le numéro quatre-vingt-quatorze d'une édition de cent-cinquante exemplaires, publiée par le Musée du Grand Palais, Paris et imprimée par Arte Paris signed in felt pen (lower right), numbered '94/150' (lower left) lithograph in colours sheet : 60 x 47 1/4 in. image : 49 6/8 x 45 1/4 in. executed in 1971, this proof is numbered ninety four from an edition of one hundred and fifty, published by Musée du Grand Palais, Paris and printed by Arte Paris
Etude pour une corrida, 1909-1992
signed in felt pen (lower right), numbered '94/150' (lower left)
Jun 30, 2020
Christie's
€32,500
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Work on Paper
126.3 x 115 cm
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Jun 30, 2020
Christie's
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€32,500
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Francis Bacon (1909-1992) Etude pour une corrida signée au feutre (en bas à droite); numérotée 94/150 (en bas à gauche) lithographie en couleurs feuille : 160 x 120 cm. image : 126.3 x 115 cm. réalisée en 1971 sur papier vélin, cette épreuve porte le numéro quatre-vingt-quatorze d'une édition de cent-cinquante exemplaires, publiée par le Musée du Grand Palais, Paris et imprimée par Arte Paris signed in felt pen (lower right), numbered '94/150' (lower left) lithograph in colours sheet : 60 x 47 1/4 in. image : 49 6/8 x 45 1/4 in. executed in 1971, this proof is numbered ninety four from an edition of one hundred and fifty, published by Musée du Grand Palais, Paris and printed by Arte Paris
Trois études pour un autoportrait, 1909-1992
Sold on Jun 30, 2020
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executed in 1990, on wove paper, this proof is inscribed E.A, an artist's proof aside from the edition of sixty, published by Michel Archimbaud, Paris and printed by Art Estampe, Paris
34 x 29 cm
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Jun 30, 2020
Christie's
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Francis Bacon (1909-1992) Trois études pour un autoportrait signée au crayon (en bas à droite) et annotée 'EA' ( en bas à gauche) lithographie en couleurs feuille: 52 x 94.5 cm. images: 34 x 29 cm. réalisée en 1990, sur papier vélin, cette épreuve annotée E.A, est une épreuve d'artiste en dehors de l'édition numérotée à soixante exemplaires, publiée par Michel Archimbaud, Paris et imprimée par Art Estampe, Paris signed in pencil (lower right) and inscribed E.A ( lower left) lithograph in colours sheet: 20 ½ x 37 ½ in. images: 13 ¼ x 11 ½ in. executed in 1990, on wove paper, this proof is inscribed E.A, an artist's proof aside from the edition of sixty, published by Michel Archimbaud, Paris and printed by Art Estampe, Paris
Trois études pour un autoportrait, 1909-1992
executed in 1990, on wove paper, this proof is inscribed E.A, an artist's proof aside from the edition of sixty, published by Michel Archimbaud, Paris and printed by Art Estampe, Paris
Jun 30, 2020
Christie's
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34 x 29 cm
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Jun 30, 2020
Christie's
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Francis Bacon (1909-1992) Trois études pour un autoportrait signée au crayon (en bas à droite) et annotée 'EA' ( en bas à gauche) lithographie en couleurs feuille: 52 x 94.5 cm. images: 34 x 29 cm. réalisée en 1990, sur papier vélin, cette épreuve annotée E.A, est une épreuve d'artiste en dehors de l'édition numérotée à soixante exemplaires, publiée par Michel Archimbaud, Paris et imprimée par Art Estampe, Paris signed in pencil (lower right) and inscribed E.A ( lower left) lithograph in colours sheet: 20 ½ x 37 ½ in. images: 13 ¼ x 11 ½ in. executed in 1990, on wove paper, this proof is inscribed E.A, an artist's proof aside from the edition of sixty, published by Michel Archimbaud, Paris and printed by Art Estampe, Paris
Second Version, Triptych 1944, 1909-1992
Sold on Jun 15, 2020
£16,250
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the complete set of three lithographs in colours, on Arches wove paper, 1989, each signed in pencil, numbered 57/60 (there were also 23 _hors commerce_ impressions and eight artist's proofs), published by Michel Archimbaud for Librairie Séguier for IRCAM, Centre Pompidou, Paris
755 x 560 mm
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£16,250
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Jun 15, 2020
Christie's
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FRANCIS BACON (1909-1992) Second Version, Triptych 1944 the complete set of three lithographs in colours, on Arches wove paper, 1989, each signed in pencil, numbered 57/60 (there were also 23 _hors commerce_ impressions and eight artist's proofs), published by Michel Archimbaud for Librairie Séguier for IRCAM, Centre Pompidou, Paris Image 624 x 464 mm. (each) Sheet 755 x 560 mm. (each)
Second Version, Triptych 1944, 1909-1992
the complete set of three lithographs in colours, on Arches wove paper, 1989, each signed in pencil, numbered 57/60 (there were also 23 _hors commerce_ impressions and eight artist's proofs), published by Michel Archimbaud for Librairie Séguier for IRCAM, Centre Pompidou, Paris
Jun 15, 2020
Christie's
£16,250
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755 x 560 mm
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Jun 15, 2020
Christie's
Realized Price
£16,250
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FRANCIS BACON (1909-1992) Second Version, Triptych 1944 the complete set of three lithographs in colours, on Arches wove paper, 1989, each signed in pencil, numbered 57/60 (there were also 23 _hors commerce_ impressions and eight artist's proofs), published by Michel Archimbaud for Librairie Séguier for IRCAM, Centre Pompidou, Paris Image 624 x 464 mm. (each) Sheet 755 x 560 mm. (each)
Study from Human Body, 1909-1992
Sold on Jun 15, 2020
£15,000
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1627 x 1220 mm
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£15,000
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Jun 15, 2020
Christie's
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FRANCIS BACON (1909-1992) Study from Human Body aquatint in colours, on wove paper, 1992, with the stamped-signature (as issued) and blindstamp of the artist's estate, numbered 74/90 (there were also thirty artist's proofs numbered in Roman numerals), co-published by Marlborough Graphics and 2RC Edizioni d'Arte, Rome, with their blindstamp, printed by Vigna Antoniniana, Rome, with their blindstamp Plate 1350 x 985 mm. Sheet 1627 x 1220 mm.
Study from Human Body, 1909-1992
Jun 15, 2020
Christie's
£15,000
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1627 x 1220 mm
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Jun 15, 2020
Christie's
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£15,000
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FRANCIS BACON (1909-1992) Study from Human Body aquatint in colours, on wove paper, 1992, with the stamped-signature (as issued) and blindstamp of the artist's estate, numbered 74/90 (there were also thirty artist's proofs numbered in Roman numerals), co-published by Marlborough Graphics and 2RC Edizioni d'Arte, Rome, with their blindstamp, printed by Vigna Antoniniana, Rome, with their blindstamp Plate 1350 x 985 mm. Sheet 1627 x 1220 mm.
Miroir de la Tauromachie, 1909-1992
Sold on Jun 15, 2020
£35,000
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510 x 385 x 42 mm
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£35,000
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Jun 15, 2020
Christie's
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FRANCIS BACON (1909-1992) Miroir de la Tauromachie the complete set of four lithographs in colours, on wove paper, 1990, with title, text in French by Michel Leiris and justification, each lithograph signed in pencil, printed on folded sheets with letterpress text on the inside pages, copy number 71 from the edition of 150 (there were also five _hors commerce _copies), published by Galerie Lelong, Paris, loose (as issued), in the original paper wrappers with title, within the canvas-covered box with title 510 x 385 x 42 mm. (overall) (5)
Miroir de la Tauromachie, 1909-1992
Jun 15, 2020
Christie's
£35,000
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510 x 385 x 42 mm
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Jun 15, 2020
Christie's
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£35,000
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FRANCIS BACON (1909-1992) Miroir de la Tauromachie the complete set of four lithographs in colours, on wove paper, 1990, with title, text in French by Michel Leiris and justification, each lithograph signed in pencil, printed on folded sheets with letterpress text on the inside pages, copy number 71 from the edition of 150 (there were also five _hors commerce _copies), published by Galerie Lelong, Paris, loose (as issued), in the original paper wrappers with title, within the canvas-covered box with title 510 x 385 x 42 mm. (overall) (5)
Etude pour une corrida, 1909-1992
Sold on Dec 4, 2019
€68,750
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Executed in 1971, this print is number eighty one from an edition of one hundred and fifty, published by Musée du Grand Palais, Paris, the full sheet with deckle edge upper, the colours bright.
160 x 120 cm
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€68,750
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Dec 4, 2019
Christie's
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Francis Bacon (1909-1992) Etude pour une corrida signée au feutre noir (en bas à droite); numérotée '81/150' (en bas à gauche) lithographie en couleurs image: 126,3 x 115 cm. feuille: 160 x 120 cm. Réalisée en 1971 sur papier vélin, cette épreuve porte le numéro quatre vingt un d'une édition de cent-cinquante exemplaires, publiée par le Musée du Grand Palais, Paris, feuille complète avec le bord de la marge supérieure non ébarbé, couleurs très vives. signed in felt pen (lower right); numbered '81/150' (lower left) colour lithograph image: 49.6/8 x 45 ¼ in. sheet: 60 x 47 ¼ in. Executed in 1971, this print is number eighty one from an edition of one hundred and fifty, published by Musée du Grand Palais, Paris, the full sheet with deckle edge upper, the colours bright.
Etude pour une corrida, 1909-1992
Executed in 1971, this print is number eighty one from an edition of one hundred and fifty, published by Musée du Grand Palais, Paris, the full sheet with deckle edge upper, the colours bright.
Dec 4, 2019
Christie's
€68,750
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160 x 120 cm
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Dec 4, 2019
Christie's
Realized Price
€68,750
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Francis Bacon (1909-1992) Etude pour une corrida signée au feutre noir (en bas à droite); numérotée '81/150' (en bas à gauche) lithographie en couleurs image: 126,3 x 115 cm. feuille: 160 x 120 cm. Réalisée en 1971 sur papier vélin, cette épreuve porte le numéro quatre vingt un d'une édition de cent-cinquante exemplaires, publiée par le Musée du Grand Palais, Paris, feuille complète avec le bord de la marge supérieure non ébarbé, couleurs très vives. signed in felt pen (lower right); numbered '81/150' (lower left) colour lithograph image: 49.6/8 x 45 ¼ in. sheet: 60 x 47 ¼ in. Executed in 1971, this print is number eighty one from an edition of one hundred and fifty, published by Musée du Grand Palais, Paris, the full sheet with deckle edge upper, the colours bright.
Study for Self-Portrait, 1909-1992
Sold on Nov 13, 2019
$9,014,500
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oil on canvas
35.3 x 31 cm
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$9,014,500
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Nov 13, 2019
Christie's
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Francis Bacon (1909-1992) Study for Self-Portrait signed, titled and dated 'Study for Self Portrait 1979 Francis Bacon' (on the reverse) oil on canvas 14 x 12 in. (35.3 x 31 cm.) Painted in 1979.
Study for Self-Portrait, 1909-1992
oil on canvas
Nov 13, 2019
Christie's
$9,014,500
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35.3 x 31 cm
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Nov 13, 2019
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$9,014,500
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Francis Bacon (1909-1992) Study for Self-Portrait signed, titled and dated 'Study for Self Portrait 1979 Francis Bacon' (on the reverse) oil on canvas 14 x 12 in. (35.3 x 31 cm.) Painted in 1979.
Masque mortuaire de William Blake (after Study of Portrait based on The Life Mask of William Blake, 1955), 1991
Sold on Sep 12, 2019
£11,875
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50.2 x 60.0 cm
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£11,875
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Sep 12, 2019
Phillips
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Masque mortuaire de William Blake (after Study of Portrait based on The Life Mask of William Blake, 1955), 1991
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Sep 12, 2019
Phillips
£11,875
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50.2 x 60.0 cm
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Sep 12, 2019
Phillips
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£11,875