George Dyer meets perfectly this new need. His powerful body evokes the masculine nudes sculpted by Michelangelo. His shabby life as a petty thief innocent of art excites Francis who creates the unverifiable story of their first encounter in 1963 during a burglary in his studio. Francis sometimes nicknames 'Sir George' this magnificent lover.
George has a weak personality that he vainly tries to offset by tobacco, drugs and alcohol. The colossus with feet of clay becomes for Francis a subject of study of the human contradictions. As ever Francis seeks through his models the mirror of his own complexity.
Francis grabs his brushes to deepen this new quest. He likes the series on a homogeneous background for their possibility of varying the expression. His very first study for a portrait of George is a triptych of 35 x 30 cm elements displaying the head in life size, painted in 1963.
Francis twists nose and cheeks and adds vivid colors to better reveal the tensions but the overall features remain perfectly superimposable to the photographs of George. On a black background and with no information on the garment, this triple head that comes out of the shadows with an empty gaze is one of the most profound testimonies by Bacon on the psychological misery.
This triptych is sold by Christie's in New York on May 17, lot 38 B in the post-war and contemporary art evening sale. This lot is the subject of a special publication in 134 pages with an introduction by Brett Gorvy. The February 24 press release announces an estimate between $ 50M and $ 70M. Please watch the video shared by Christie's.
SOLD for $ 52M including premium