Francis Bacon 1909 - 1992

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Francis Bacon - Seated Figure (after, Study for a Portrait 1981) (S. 5, T. 15)
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Evening & Day Editions
January 2023
Phillips, London Auction
Est.: 8.000 - 12.000 GBP
Realised: 16.380 GBP
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Francis Bacon - Deuxième version du triptyque 1944 (after, Second Version of the Triptych, 1944) (S. 24, T. 25)
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Evening & Day Editions
January 2023
Phillips, London Auction
Est.: 15.000 - 20.000 GBP
Realised: 20.160 GBP
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Francis Bacon - Triptych 1986-1987: right panel (after, Triptych 1986-1987) (S. 6, T. 22)
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Evening & Day Editions
January 2023
Phillips, London Auction
Est.: 3.000 - 5.000 GBP
Realised: 4.032 GBP
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Francis Bacon - Seated Figure
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Prints and Multiples
December 2022
Bonhams
Est.: 12.000 - 18.000 GBP
Realised: not available
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Francis Bacon - Etude pour une corrida – 1971
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Limited Edition
November 2022
Artcurial, Paris
Est.: 30.000 - 50.000 EUR
Realised: not available
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Francis Bacon - Œdipe et le Sphinx d\'après Ingres - 1984
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Limited Edition
November 2022
Artcurial, Paris
Est.: 8.000 - 10.000 EUR
Realised: 10.496 EUR
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Francis Bacon - Homme écrivant reflété dans un miroir - 1977
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Limited Edition
November 2022
Artcurial, Paris
Est.: 6.000 - 8.000 EUR
Realised: 9.184 EUR
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Francis Bacon - Three Studies for Self-Portrait
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Visionary: The Paul G. Allen Collection Part I
November 2022
Christies, New York
Est.: 25.000.000 - 35.000.000 USD
Realised: 29.015.000 USD
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Francis Bacon - Trois Etudes Pour Un Autoportrait (D\'Apres Trois Etudes Pour Un Autoportrait 1983), 1990
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Estampes & Multiples
November 2022
Bonhams, Paris
Est.: 18.000 - 22.000 EUR
Realised: 22.950 EUR
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Francis Bacon - Triptych: One Print
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Prints and Multiples
October 2022
Christies, New York
Est.: 3.000 - 5.000 USD
Realised: 11.340 USD
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Francis Bacon - Triptych: One Print
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Prints and Multiples
October 2022
Christies, New York
Est.: 3.000 - 5.000 USD
Realised: 11.340 USD
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The artist Francis Bacon

  • One of the most important figurative painters of the 20th century.
  • Distorted faces, deformed bodies and sombre colouring define his style.
  • His works have regularly achieved top prices at auctions for many years.

Francis Bacon, born on 28 October 1909 in Dublin, deceased on 28 April 1992 in Madrid, was a British painter who became one of the most important representational artists of the 20th century in the 1960s, not at least thanks to a retrospective of his works at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Bacon is regarded as a self-taught artist. His early motifs are religious in character and reveal some Picasso  influences. His important triptych Three Studies of Figures at the Foot of a Crucifixion from 1944 already reflects this cubistic orientation.

In the 1960s, he increasingly devoted himself to portraying his closest friends in an oversubscribed manner, and in the 1970s, after the suicide of his partner, his art became visibly darker. His paintings frequently display surreal-looking, deformed depictions of human bodies and limbs in dark colours. He also often fashions serial productions in which he depicts different variations or sequences of the same motif, often laid out as triptycha or diptycha.

A significant motif in Bacon's post-war works is the mouth wide open in a scream, which has become a characteristic attribute of his art. One of the most famous paintings that has the scream as its central theme is The Study for the Child Nurse in the film The Battleship Potemkin from 1957. His art is often described in terms of cruel, brutal imagery.

As a teenager, Bacon moved to London due to his difficult family circumstances and quickly became integrated into the artistic scene of the metropolis. There, he maintained contacts with artists such as Lucian Freud, Isabel Rawsthorne and John Deakin. On 14 May 2008, his work Triptych (1976) was auctioned for USD 86.3 million, and his triptych Three Studies of Lucian Freud (1969) even for USD 142.4 million on 12 November 2013.

Der Künstler Francis Bacon

  • Einer der bedeutendsten gegenständlichen Maler des 20. Jahrhunderts.
  • Verzerrte Gesichter, deformierte Körper und düstere Farbgebung prägten seinen Stil.
  • Seine Werke erzielen in Auktionen regelmäßig Höchstpreise im Millionen-Dollar-Bereich.

Francis Bacon, geb. am 28.10.1909 in Dublin, gest. am 28.04.1992 in Madrid, war ein britischer Maler, der in den 1960er-Jahen nicht zuletzt durch eine Retrospektive seiner Werke im New Yorker Guggenheim Museum zu einem der bedeutendsten gegenständlichen Künstler des 20. Jahrhunderts avancierte. Seine frühen Motive sind religiöser Natur und zeigen Einflüsse von Picasso. Sein bedeutendes Triptychon Drei Studien zu Figuren am Fuße einer Kreuzigung von 1944 spiegelt bereits diese kubistische Orientierung.

In den 1960ern widmete er sich vermehrt dem überzeichneten Porträtieren seiner engsten Freunde, in den 1970ern, nach dem Suizid seines Lebensgefährten, wurde seine Kunst zusehends düster. Seine Gemälde stellen gehäuft surreal anmutende, deformierte Darstellungen menschlicher Körper und Gliedmaßen in dunklem Kolorit zur Schau. Ein signifikantes Motiv in Bacons Nachkriegswerken ist der zum Schrei weit aufgerissene Mund, der zum charakteristischen Attribut seiner Kunst geworden ist.

Eines der bekanntesten Gemälde, das den Schrei zum zentralen Thema hat, ist die Studie für die Kinderschwester in dem Film Panzerkreuzer Potemkin von 1957. Seine Kunst wird oft mit einer grausamen, brutalen Bildsprache beschrieben. Oftmals nimmt er auch serielle Anfertigungen vor, in denen er verschiedenen Variationen oder Sequenzen desselben Motivs darstellt, häufig auch als Triptycha oder Diptycha angelegt.

Bereits als Jugendlicher zog Bacon aufgrund seiner schwierigen Familienverhältnisse nach London und integrierte sich schnell in die Künstlerszene der Metropole. Dort pflegte er Kontakte zu Künstlerinnen und Künstlern wie Lucian Freud, Isabel Rawsthorne und John Deakin. Er selbst gilt als künstlerischer Autodidakt. Am 14.05.2008 wurde sein Werk Triptych (1976) für 86,3 Million USD versteigert, sein Triptychon Three Studies of Lucian Freud (1969) am 12.11.2013 sogar für 142,4 Millionen USD.

Francis Bacon - Seated Figure
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Prints and Multiples
October 2022
Christies, New York
Est.: 15.000 - 20.000 USD
Realised: 27.720 USD
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Francis Bacon - Painting 1990
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20th/21st Century: London Evening Sale
October 2022
Christies, London
Est.: 7.000.000 - 9.000.000 GBP
Realised: 7.102.250 GBP
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Francis Bacon - Étude pour un portrait de John Edwards (after, Study for a Portrait of John Edwards, 1986) (S. 22, T. 23)
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Editions & Works on Paper
October 2022
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 7.000 - 10.000 USD
Realised: 8.190 USD
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Francis Bacon - Portrait Of Michel Leiris
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Prints and Multiples
September 2022
Christies, London (Online Auction)
Est.: 7.000 - 10.000 GBP
Realised: 9.450 GBP
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Francis Bacon - Trois Études Pour Un Autoportrait
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Prints and Multiples
September 2022
Christies, London (Online Auction)
Est.: 15.000 - 20.000 GBP
Realised: not available
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Francis Bacon - Figure Writing Reflected In A Mirror
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Prints and Multiples
September 2022
Christies, London (Online Auction)
Est.: 6.000 - 8.000 GBP
Realised: 11.340 GBP
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Francis Bacon - Three Studies Of The Male Back
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Prints and Multiples
September 2022
Christies, London (Online Auction)
Est.: 20.000 - 30.000 GBP
Realised: 25.200 GBP
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Francis Bacon - Triptych August 1972
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Prints and Multiples
September 2022
Christies, London (Online Auction)
Est.: 15.000 - 25.000 GBP
Realised: 25.200 GBP
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Francis Bacon - Second Version, Triptych 1944
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Prints and Multiples
September 2022
Christies, London (Online Auction)
Est.: 20.000 - 30.000 GBP
Realised: 25.200 GBP
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Francis Bacon - Triptych 1986-87 (Right panel)
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Prints and Multiples
September 2022
Bonhams, London
Est.: 3.000 - 5.000 GBP
Realised: not available
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Francis Bacon - Triptych (after, Triptych: right panel 1991) (S. 9, T. 31)
Auction
Evening & Day Editions
September 2022
Phillips, London Auction
Est.: 10.000 - 15.000 GBP
Realised: 8.190 GBP
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Francis Bacon - Study from Human Body (after, Study from Human Body 1987) (S. 8, T 30)
Auction
Evening & Day Editions
September 2022
Phillips, London Auction
Est.: 10.000 - 15.000 GBP
Realised: 18.900 GBP
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Francis Bacon in News and Exhibitions

London: Royal Academy of Arts

The exhibition Francis Bacon: Man and Beast at London's Royal Academy of Arts is dedicated to British artist Francis Bacon. The focus of the solo show is Bacon's fascination with man and beast, whose boundaries he blurred in instinctive paintings.

January 27, 2022

Francis Bacon in News and Exhibitions

London: Royal Academy of Arts

Die Ausstellung Francis Bacon: Man and Beast in der Londoner Royal Academy of Arts widmet sich dem britischen Künstler Francis Bacon. Im Fokus der Einzelschau steht dabei Bacons Faszination für Mensch und Tier, deren Grenzen er in instinktiven Gemälden verschwimmen lässt.

January 27, 2022

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