Portrait of Georges Dyer Riding a Bicycle, 1966/2015
Diasec-mounted giclée print in colors, on Alu Dibond support, with printed signature on the label on the reverse, numbered from the edition of 150, published by The Estate of Francis Bacon and Heni Productions
77 4/5 x 58 inches (197.7 x 147.5 cm.)
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Francis Bacon is one of the most recognized figurative painters of the 20th century. His unique approach to painting has been influencing artists like Jenny Saville or Damien Hirst. Bacon's signature style is characterized by an energetic and visceral way of painting, with flat backgrounds and a powerful sense of motion. Exploring the human figure in its most distorted aspect, his imagery is often defined as terrifying because of the emotional physicality he attributes to each brushstroke. For Bacon, life inspired art, drawing on the themes and people that surrounded him and on the feelings that were found within him. He aimed to create art that challenged the viewer and resonated with his own personal world. Considered one of the most important British painters of modern age, Bacon’s paintings are among the world’s most valuable works of postwar art.
Featuring Bacon’s lover George Dyer riding a bike, this print is a magnificent example of the power of interpersonal relationships in Bacon’s oeuvre, at the base of his masterful representation and exploration of the human form. Dyer’s muscularity and voluptuosity appears abstractly distorted in the midst of the cycling motion, conveying a unique painterly manifestation of energy and emotion. This example is the larger of the two formats.