Francis Bacon, ‘Central Panel, from: Second Version of the Triptych 1944’, 1989, Gilden's Art Gallery

Technique: Original Hand Signed and Numbered Lithograph in Colours on Arches Wove Paper

Paper size: 75.2 x 56 cm. / 29.6 x 22.1 in.
Image size: 62 x 46 cm. / 24 x 18.1 in.

Additional Information: This original lithograph in colours is hand signed in pencil by the artist "Francis Bacon" at the lower right margin.
It is also numbered from the edition of 60 at the lower left margin. There were a further eight Artist’s Proofs and 23 hors commerce impressions
It was printed by Art Estampe, Paris and published by IRCAM for the Georges Pompidou Centre, Paris.
The paper bears the Arches infinity watermark in the lower right margin.

Literature:

  1. Tacou, A. (2008). Francis Bacon: Estampes – Collection Alexandre Tacou. Paris: Bervillé Éditions.
    Reference: Tacou 25.
  2. Sabatier, B. (2012). Francis Bacon : Oeuvre Graphique - The Graphic Work: Catalogue Raisonné. Paris : JSC Modern Art Gallery.
    Reference: Sabatier 24

Condition: Excellent condition. Minor scuffing in the lower image visble in raking light.

About Francis Bacon

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 trail of the human presence... as a snail leaves its slime,” he once said. Among his signature motifs were screaming and disfigured heads, grappling homosexual lovers, and flanks of meat, and his style is characterized by its flat backgrounds and sense of motion, derived from the frequent use of photography and film stills as sources for portraiture. Mostly self-taught, Bacon nonetheless drew influence from an impossibly wide range of artists, from Vincent van Gogh, Eadweard Muybridge, and filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein, to Rembrandt, Masaccio, Titian, and especially Diego Velázquez, making explicit visual references to many of their works in his paintings. His lasting influence can be seen in particular among Young British Artists such as Damien Hirst, Jenny Saville, and Jake and Dinos Chapman.

British, 1909-1992, Dublin, Ireland