Francis Bacon

Three Studies for a Self-portrait, 1990

Three lithographs in colors, on a single sheet of Arches paper
Signed and inscribed in pencil (an artist proof aside from the edition of 60). Published by Michel Archimbaud for the Libraire Séguier, Paris (with embossed stamp)
20 1/2 x 36 7/8 inches (52 x 93.8 cm.)

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Catalogue raisonné
Bruno Sabatier no. 26 Alexandre Tacou no. 28
Very Good
Private Collection

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Francis Bacon is one of the most recognized figures of postwar art. 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. His imagery is often defined as terrifying because of the emotional physicality he attributes to each brushstroke.

Three Studies for a Self Portrait is among Francis Bacon’s more well-known work as the artist examines his face in the aftermath of the suicide of his lover George Dyer. The composition of the images almost mimics the way that mugshots are taken by the police. It’s generally thought that this work, among many of his other pieces in the aftermath of Dyer’s suicide, convey a deep and penetrating self-examination by Bacon.

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