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Portrait of Michel Leiris by Francis Bacon

Gilden's Art Gallery (IFPDA)

Color Etching and Aquatint


Edition Size: 100

Sheet Size: 67.5 x 52 cm


Condition: Excellent

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Dublin 1909-1992 Madrid (Irish / British)

Title: Portrait of Michel Leiris, 1976/78

Technique: Hand Signed and Numbered Etching and Aquatint in Colours on Arches Wove Paper

Paper size: 67.5 x 52 cm. / 26.6 x 20.5 in.
Image size: 30 x 25 cm. /

Additional Information: This original etching and aquatint 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 100 at the lower left margin. There were a further 43 hors commerce impressions numbered in Roman numerals.
It was printed and published by Georges Visat Editions in Paris.
The paper bears the Arches watermark and the publisher’s blind stamp in the lower right margin.

Provenance: Private Collection, Los Angeles, California;
Private Collection, Los Angeles, California (gifted directly from the above);
Private Collection, Los Angeles, California (acquired directly from the above, c. 2000)

1. Tacou, A. (2008). Francis Bacon: Estampes – Collection Alexandre Tacou. Paris: Bervillé Éditions.
Reference: Tacou 34.
2. Sabatier, B. (2012). Francis Bacon: Oeuvre Graphique – The Graphic Work: Catalogue Raisonné. Paris: JSC Modern Art Gallery.
Reference: Sabatier 2.

Condition: very good condition. A very pale, unobtrusive band of staining visible in raking light in the upper left margin.


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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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