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Central Panel, from: Second Version of the Triptych by Francis Bacon

Gilden's Art Gallery (IFPDA)


Colour Lithograph


Edition Size: 60

Sheet Size: 75.2 x 56 cm


Condition: Excellent

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Dublin 1909-1992 Madrid (Irish / British)

Title: Central Panel, from: Second Version of the Triptych 1944, 1989

Technique: Original Hand Signed and Numbered Lithograph in Colours on Arches Wove Paper

Paper size: 75.2 x 56 cm. / 29.6 x 22.1 in.
Image size: 62 x 46 cm. / 24 x 18.1 in.

Additional Information: This original lithograph in colours is hand signed in pencil by the artist “Francis Bacon” at the lower right margin.
It is also numbered from the edition of 60 at the lower left margin. There were a further eight Artist’s Proofs and 23 hors commerce impressions
It was printed by Art Estampe, Paris and published by IRCAM for the Georges Pompidou Centre, Paris.
The paper bears the Arches infinity watermark in the lower right margin.

Note: Francis Bacon is one of several artists who repeatedly revisited and reworked his earlier paintings. These moments in time-immortalised and then evolving to new meaning at a later date. The “Central Panel Second Version of the Triptych 1944” was created in 1989 based on the triptych he made in 1988, which reimagined the triptych that he painted in 1944. The passage of time in Bacon’s triptychs is an important means of noting the evolution of the artist’s sentiment. The original painting from 1944 (Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion), uses the device of the Crucifixion for its composition. However, the allegory it represents is drawn once again from thousands of years ago and is the Eumenides from Aeschylus’ Oresteia.

1. Tacou, A. (2008). Francis Bacon: Estampes – Collection Alexandre Tacou. Paris: Bervillé Éditions.
Reference: Tacou 25.
2. Sabatier, B. (2012). Francis Bacon : Oeuvre Graphique – The Graphic Work: Catalogue Raisonné. Paris : JSC Modern Art Gallery.
Reference: Sabatier 24

Condition: Excellent condition. Minor scuffing in the lower image visible in raking light.


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Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon was an Irish painter who was famous for his abstract imagery. His paintings were typically figurative images painted in the environment of empty backgrounds or within geometric cages of steel or glass, all painted with flat, monochromatic color palettes. Francis Bacon frequently created series of paintings that depicted the same subject matter over a period of time. This was due to his tendency to focus on the same themes and variations of introspective, somber and existential subjects as his artistic motifs.

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