Francis Bacon: the passion in 3D at auction

“Three studies for a portrait of George Dyer” will be the centerpiece of the post-war and Contemporary Art sale held in New York on 17 May next by the auction house Christie’s.

Estimate: 50 / 70 M$

In 2013, the Christie’s auction house has sold for 142.4 M$ a Francis Bacon triptych, “Three Studies of Lucian Freud (1969) ‘ estimated 85 M$. This award was won, at the time, the record for the most expensive work ever sold at auction.

The Bacon triptych, which will be presented in the spring by the same auction house is estimated at between 50 and 70 M$.

“George Dyer is Bacon that Dora Maar was Picasso” Loïc Gouzer, vice-president of the Department Post War and Contemporary Art of Christie’s

Painted in 1963, this triptych marks the beginning of the relationship of Francis Bacon with Georges Dyer, his biggest inspiration. This trio of works is the first portrait Francis Bacon made his muse of long date, a place in the work of the artist which is likely to attract the covetousness of the bidders.

In the face hectic of her lover, feels the nascent tumultuous relationship between Bacon and Dyer. In this work the features of the style of the English painter: a black background, the tortuous traits, and geometric lines.

George Dyer will appear in some 40 paintings by Bacon, of which many were painted after the suicide of his lover, in 1971. The English artist will perform five triptychs of his muse, one presented at auction is the first of them.

Francis Bacon we know today would not exist without his encounter with George Dyer

Loïc Gouzer, vice-president of the Department Post War and Contemporary Art, explains: “” Three studies for a portrait of George Dyer “is a Masterful, completed triptych in the first three months of meeting of Bacon with Dyer.” This powerful portrait shows the dynamism and the remarkable complex psychology for the artist. George Dyer what Bacon Dora Maar was Picasso. It is without doubt the most important model of the second half of the 20th century, because the character of Dyer, as well as the physical characteristics of the character, are a catalyst for the pictorial breakthrough of Bacon. Francis Bacon we know today would not exist without his encounter with George Dyer. »

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The triptych auction was part of the collection of Roald Dahl

These 3 stars, presented for auction by Christie’s, were once part of the collection of the intimate friend of Bacon, Roald Dahl. The famous author quickly became an admirer of the work of Bacon, and cela from its first meeting during an exhibition in 1958. However, he had yet to acquire paintings by the artist. Roald Dahl published his now famous works in the 1960s,: “James and the giant peach” and “Charlie and the chocolate factory” and wrote the screenplay for the film James Bond “You Only Live Twice.” He managed acquire four carefully selected works by Bacon, between 1964 and 1967, this triptych presented at auction in May.

A museum painting presented in the largest retrospective of the artist

 “Three studies for a portrait of George Dyer” was completed at a period when Francis Bacon is at the top of his professional and personal career. When the artist met Dyer at the end of the year 1963, Bacon is already recognized as a master of figurative painting.

This triptych will be the central work in his first retrospective in scope in May 1962 at the Tate in London, followed by a triumphal exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York in October 1963.

Over the past 40 years, “Three studies for a portrait of George Dyer” was a central element in many and important exhibitions devoted to the artist. It has recently been introduced in the famous retrospective of Bacon in 2008-2009, which moved to the Tate Britain in London, at the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

SALE of the evening of post-war ART and contemporary – Christie’s New York – may 17, 2017

FRANCIS BACON (1909-1992)

Three Studies for a Portrait of George Dyer, 1963

Oil on canvas – In three parts

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