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Metropolitan Museum of Art by Francis Bacon

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Edition Size: 200

Sheet Size: 159 x 110.7 cm


Condition: Good

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FRANCIS BACON 1909-1992 Dublin 1909-1992 Madrid (Irish / British)

Title: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1975

Technique: Hand Signed, Numbered, Dated and Dedicated Lithograph in Colours on Wove Paper

Paper size: 159 x 110.7 cm. / 66 x 43.6 in.

Image size: 114.7 x 86 cm. / 45.2 x 33.9 in.

Additional Information: This lithograph in colours is hand signed in green felt-tip pen by the artist “Francis Bacon” at the lower left margin. It is also numbered in pencil from the edition of 200, at the lower right. The impression is dedicated and dated in green felt-tip pen “To Henry 10/3/1975” below the signature. It was printed by Alexis Manaranche Lithography, Paris, and published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Provenance: Gifted from the artist to Henry Geldzahler (1935-1994) Gifted from Henry Geldzahler to the Everson Museum, New York (deaccessioned) Henry Geldzahler (July 9, 1935 – August 16, 1994) was a Belgian-born American curator of contemporary art in the late 20th century, as well as a historian and critic of modern art. He is best known for his work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and as New York City Commissioner of Cultural Affairs, and for his social role in the art world with a close relationship with contemporary artists. He has been described as “the most powerful and controversial art curator alive” and the art critic of The New Yorker magazine Calvin Tomkins said ‘If you were involved in any way in the [cultural] world, you met Henry.’

Literature: 1. Tacou, A. (2008). Francis Bacon: Estampes – Collection Alexandre Tacou. Paris: Bervillé Éditions. Reference: Tacou 3. 2. Sabatier, B. (2012). Francis Bacon : Oeuvre Graphique – The Graphic Work: Catalogue Raisonné. Paris : JSC Modern Art Gallery. Reference: Sabatier 11.

Condition: Very good condition. Soft creasing at the sheet edges.


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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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