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Francis Bacon, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1975, Ed. 29/170, 1975. Courtesy of Oeno Gallery.

Francis Bacon: Posters

“I would like my pictures to look as if a human being had passed between them, like a snail, leaving a trail of human presence,” Francis Bacon once said of his portraits. The Irish-born painter is known for his fleshy, screaming, contorted figures—from popes and famed art-historical subjects to friends and ill-fated lovers. Among his most well-known portraits is a triptych of his friend and fellow artist Lucian Freud, Three Studies of Lucian Freud (1969), which shattered auction records when it sold for $142.4 million at Christie’s in 2013—becoming the most expensive work ever sold at auction at that time. While Bacon’s original portraits rarely come to market, the artist also produced a series of limited edition etchings and lithographs featuring his evocative and emotionally-charged portraits.

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