Study for a Portrait by Francis Bacon
Renowned artist Francis Bacon may be know as one the bleakest macabre painters of the 20th century. Yet, the remarkable work for which he is responsible consists of masterpieces of existential and expressionistic genius. Bacon is one of my absolute all-time favorite painters after Ivan Albright with Dali and Otto Dix coming in a close third and fourth. Through the works of this visionary, Bacon aided in revolutionizing the Post-World War II art movement with his strong depictions of recurring torment, crucifixion, and grotesque facial expressions.
Bacon’s painting, “Study for a Portrait”, recently sold through power auction house, Christie’s, bringing in an astounding 28.7 million dollars. “Study for a Portrait” made history this past week by becoming the “…second most valuable piece to be sold at its [Christie’s] postwar and contemporary art auctions in London,” according to Christie’s.
The record holder for said title also belongs to Francis Bacon for the sale of his work of art, “Triptych 1974-77”, which sold three years ago at an astounding 26.3 million pounds.
Whether one loves or hates Francis Bacon’s work, one can not deny the craft of his beautifully tormented subject matter, the raw emotion evoked from his paintings, and the undeniable talent of such a provocative artist.