Francis Bacon, ‘Portrait of Henrietta Moraes’, Christie's

Francis Bacon (1909-1992)

Portrait of Henrietta Moraes

titled, inscribed and dated ‘Portrait of HENRIETTA MORAES From Photograph by JOHN DEAKIN 1963’ (on the reverse)

oil on canvas

65 x 56 in. (165.1 x 142.2 cm.)

Painted in 1963.

Signature: titled, inscribed and dated ‘Portrait of HENRIETTA MORAES From Photograph by JOHN DEAKIN 1963’ (on the reverse)

London, Tate Gallery, Painting and Sculpture of a Decade: 54-64, April-June 1964, pp. 132-133, no. 144 (illustrated).

Siegen, Oberes Schloss, Francis Bacon, June-July 1967, p. 31, no. 7 (illustrated).

Recklinghausen, Städtische Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, Zeitgenossen: das Gesicht unserer Gesellschaft in Spiegel der heutigen Kunst, May-July 1970, n.p., no. 9 (illustrated in color).

Paris, Galeries nationales du Grand Palais and Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Francis Bacon, October 1971-May 1972, pp. 48 and 122, no. 49 (illustrated in color).

Basel, Galerie Beyeler, Francis Bacon: Retrospektive, June-September 1987, n.p., no. 17 (illustrated in color).

Munich, Haus der Kunst, Francis Bacon 1909-1992 Retrospektive, November 1996-January 1997, pp. 137 and 305, no. 40 (illustrated in color and installation view illustrated).

Oxford, The Ashmolean Museum, Bacon/Moore: Flesh and Bone, September 2013 - January 2014, pp. 132-133, no. 56 (illustrated in color).

B. Robertson, J. Russell and A. Snowdon, eds., Private View: The Lively World of British Art, London, 1965, p. 66 (illustrated in color).

D. Sylvester, Interviews with Francis Bacon, Oxford, 1975, pp. 29 and 126, no. 26 (illustrated).

J. Russell, Francis Bacon, London and New York, 1985, pp. 79 and 186, no. 31 (illustrated).

J. Russell,Francis Bacon, London, 1993, p. 79, no. 31 (illustrated).

M. Cappock,Francis Bacon’s Studio, London, 2005, p. 46, no. 70 (illustrated in color).

Bacon, exh. cat., Milan, Palazzo Reale, 2008, p. 73, fig. 5 (illustrated in color).

Marlborough Fine Art, London

Willy & Fänn Schniewind, Neviges

Galerie Beyeler, Basel

Private collection, New York

Anon sale; Christie’s, London, 14 February 2012, lot 12

Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

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