Bacon Painting
Sells for €3 Million

Photo courtesy of Christies.

By Irish America Staff
April / May 2001
By Irish America Staff
April / May 2001

Francis Bacon’s Three Studies for a Portrait of John Edwards, sold for over €3 million to a private collector at an auction in Christie’s in London, on February 8.

Te oil canvas, a three-panel work painted in 1984, is considered a rare and important portrait of Edwards, who was Bacon’s companion until the artist’s death in 1992. Bacon chose it as the final work of his second Tate retrospective exhibition.

Speaking about his triptychs, Bacon once said: “In the series, one picture reflects on the other continuously, and sometimes they are better in series than they are separately…one thing against the other seems to be able to say the thing more.” ♦

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