Francis Bacon 1909 - 1992

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Francis Bacon - Figure at a Washbasin (from Requiem pour la fin des temps)
Auction
Prints & Multiples Summer Splash
August 2022
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 700 - 900 USD
Realised: 2.423 USD
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Francis Bacon - Seated Man
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20th/21st Century: London Evening Sale
June 2022
Christies, London
Est.: 2.000.000 - 3.000.000 GBP
Realised: 2.922.000 GBP
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Francis Bacon - Study for the portrait of Pope Innocent X after Vélasquez
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Prints and Multiples
June 2022
Bonhams, London
Est.: 15.000 - 25.000 GBP
Realised: 19.125 GBP
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Francis Bacon - Seated Figure
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Prints and Multiples
June 2022
Bonhams, London
Est.: 7.000 - 10.000 GBP
Realised: 8.925 GBP
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Francis Bacon - Triptych 1986-87 (Right panel)
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Prints and Multiples
June 2022
Bonhams, London
Est.: 4.000 - 6.000 GBP
Realised: not available
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Francis Bacon - Œdipe et le Sphinx d\'après Ingres (after, Œdipus and the Sphinx after Ingres, 1983) (S. 18, T. 17)
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Evening & Day Editions
June 2022
Phillips, London Auction
Est.: 7.000 - 9.000 GBP
Realised: 15.120 GBP
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Francis Bacon - Trois études de dos d\'homme (after, Three Studies of the Male Back 1970): right panel (S. 21, T. 21)
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Evening & Day Editions
June 2022
Phillips, London Auction
Est.: 5.000 - 7.000 GBP
Realised: 10.710 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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Evening & Day Editions
June 2022
Phillips, London Auction
Est.: 5.000 - 7.000 GBP
Realised: 11.970 GBP
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Francis Bacon - Autoportrait (after, Self-Portrait, 1973) (S. 12, T. 7)
Auction
Evening & Day Editions
June 2022
Phillips, London Auction
Est.: 6.000 - 8.000 GBP
Realised: 13.860 GBP
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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
June 2022
Phillips, London Auction
Est.: 8.000 - 12.000 GBP
Realised: 15.120 GBP
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Francis Bacon - L\'homme au lavabo (after, Figure at a Washbasin 1976) (S. 3, T. 35)
Auction
Evening & Day Editions
June 2022
Phillips, London Auction
Est.: 7.000 - 9.000 GBP
Realised: 9.450 GBP
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Francis Bacon - Trois études pour un autoportrait (after, Three Studies for a Self-Portrait 1983) (S. 26, T. 28)
Auction
Evening & Day Editions
June 2022
Phillips, London Auction
Est.: 15.000 - 20.000 GBP
Realised: 21.420 GBP
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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 - Study for Portrait of Lucian Freud
Auction
British Art: The Jubilee Auction
June 2022
Sothebys, London
Est.: -1 - -1 GBP
Realised: 43.336.000 GBP
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Francis Bacon - Study of Red Pope 1962, 2nd Version 1971
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Contemporary Evening Auction
May 2022
Sothebys, New York
Est.: 40.000.000 - 60.000.000 USD
Realised: 46.284.500 USD
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Francis Bacon - Study for Portrait of John Edwards (Sabatier 22)
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Prints & Multiples
April 2022
Sothebys, New York
Est.: 10.000 - 15.000 USD
Realised: 23.940 USD
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Francis Bacon - Three Studies for a Self-Portrait (Sabatier 15)
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Prints & Multiples
April 2022
Sothebys, New York
Est.: 20.000 - 30.000 USD
Realised: 50.400 USD
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Francis Bacon - Study for Bullfight No 1 (S. 10, T. 2)
Auction
Editions & Works on Paper
April 2022
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 50.000 - 70.000 USD
Realised: 56.700 USD
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Francis Bacon - Man Writing Reflected in a Mirror
Auction
Living Contemporary
March 2022
Sothebys, Paris
Est.: 7.000 - 10.000 EUR
Realised: 10.710 EUR
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Francis Bacon - Triptych 1986-7
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20th/21st Century: London Evening Sale
March 2022
Christies, London
Est.: 35.000.000 - 55.000.000 GBP
Realised: 38.459.206 GBP
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Francis Bacon - Oedipe and the Sphinx (after Ingres)
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Living Contemporary
March 2022
Sothebys, Paris
Est.: 7.000 - 10.000 EUR
Realised: 11.970 EUR
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Francis Bacon - Untitled (Head)
Auction
20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale
March 2022
Phillips, London Auction
Est.: 600.000 - 800.000 GBP
Realised: 772.700 GBP
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Francis Bacon - Triptych (In Memory of George Dyer) (S. 33; T. 6)
Auction
Prints & Multiples
March 2022
Sothebys, London
Est.: 4.000 - 6.000 GBP
Realised: 12.600 GBP
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Francis Bacon - Triptych (S. 25; T. 27)
Auction
Prints & Multiples
March 2022
Sothebys, London
Est.: 4.000 - 6.000 GBP
Realised: 8.820 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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