Francis Bacon (1909 – 1992) was an Irish-born British figurative painter known for his bold, grotesque, emotionally charged, raw imagery. He is best known for his depictions of popes, crucifixions and portraits of close friends which have become iconic images of traumatized humanity with the subjects violently distorted and presented as isolated souls.
Although the subject of this composition was John Edwards – Bacon's great friend for the later years of his life and the inheritor of his estate – it is nonetheless, like all Bacon's work, nonspecific. Bacon saw his portraits as a collection of human elements brought together to make a universal statement.
Why is this rare?
This piece is hand-signed and numbered by the artist in pencil. Its relatively low edition size of 180 also contributes to its desirability
Reference (SABATIER 22)
A rare and very sought after colour lithograph created to promote an exhibition at Musee Cantini, Marseille.
The poster features the image ‘Homage to George Dyer’ and is from the collection of American artist Patrick Eddington.