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Francis Bacon (Irish, 1909–1992)
LOT ID: 79047
Metropolitan Triptych, 1977

Etching / Engraving, Aquatint
15.3 х 11.7 in. (38.86 x 29.72 cm.)
Signed, and numbered in pencil, lower recto
Print/Casting Year 1977
Edition 99
Foundry/Publisher Ediçiones Polígrafa, pub.
Lot description
Throughout the course of his career, Francis Bacon painted dozens of triptychs and is widely respected for his works created in this format. When asked about his tendency to create these works he explained: "I see images in series" and while he could go onto to create works with five or six images he felt that the triptych was the most balanced format.

Self-taught Francis Bacon (1909-1992) is an artist for our time. More than that of any other artist who emerged at the end of World War II, his work tells us about the strengths and weaknesses of the human condition. His subjects often included images of either friends or lovers, movie stills, reproductions of historic paintings and photographs. He stated that he found his face repulsive, and turned to it as a subject only out of necessity. Often, Bacon painted his subjects in the midst of a scream, as if the soul was escaping the body via the mouth.
His prints remain a poignant and effective expression of the ideas and of the power of his art.
Metropolitan Triptych by Francis Bacon
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