His growing fame has no direct effect on his art. Francis condemns himself to continue painting, but he has no subject outside of the post mortem vision of George and the disgust of his own look.
On February 10 in London, Sotheby's sells a double self-portrait painted in 1977 by Francis Bacon, lot 18 estimated £ 13M. Each element has the same size as the images of his triptychs, 35 x 30 cm, chosen to provide a life-size face.
In this artwork, Francis reaches a peak of pessimism. The deformation of the lines and the violence of the colors do not remove the likeness of these self-portraits, but the nose is from an old alcoholic. The eyes are closed, but the mouths express sadness and disgust, in the same way as the mouth of his old popes had expressed helplessness and horror.
Soon after, his self-portraits became more serene when Francis finally realized that his own aging was inevitable.
I invite you to play the video shared by Sotheby's.