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Francis Bacon. Study of Red Pope 1962. 2nd Version 1971

£75.00

Artist(s): Francis Bacon
Format: paperback
Edition: First
Year published: 2017
Publisher: Christie's
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 152
Illustrations: Profusely illustrated in colour

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Paperback.  First edition.  “On 26 October 1971, the Grand Palais in Paris opened its landmark retrospective of Francis Bacon’s work. It was a career-defining moment for the artist, newly anointed ‘Britain’s greatest living painter’. Among the distinguished canvases exhibited was Study of Red Pope, 1962, 2nd version, painted earlier that year: a grand finale to his celebrated body of papal portraits. In this rare masterpiece, for the first and only time in his oeuvre, Bacon had united his two greatest obsessions: reworking the 1962 canvas Study from Innocent X, the artist staged a haunting encounter between the Pope and George Dyer — his great muse and lover.”  In-depth catalogue accompanying Christie’s sale of the painting. Condition: light edge-wear, otherwise very good.

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