George enters the intimacy of Francis without being involved in his intellectual community. Addicted to alcohol and tobacco and probably naive, he does not see the danger. Francis, who spoke a lot throughout his career, says to others : "Death is desire" or "You kill the thing you love".
The triptychs with front face and profiles in life size are a suitable format for Francis. In painting the portraits of his friends, he studies to what extent his own passions are out of range from any conventional ideal. The reason why Francis's art is fascinating is that he goes so far in introspection up to overcoming the bounds of decency.
George's first triptych, in 1963 on black ground, already includes the distortions that erase the age of the sitter by demeaning the features of the face. It was sold for $ 52M including premium by Christie's on May 17, 2017.
In 1964, two triptychs on a light back express further the banality and stupidity of the model. One of them was sold for £ 26.7M including premium by Sotheby's on June 30, 2014.
On November 16 in New York, Sotheby's sells a triptych on a black background painted in 1966, lot 40 estimated $ 35M. In left and middle images, the crushed nose and the semi-spherical hollows of the orbits have killed any possibility of empathy.
In the same year in large format, George tries to discuss but his disarticulated and sticky body prevents communication. This Portrait of George Dyer Talking, 198 x 147 cm, was sold for £ 42M including premium by Christie's on February 13, 2014.
SOLD for $ 39M including premium