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  • BACON’S FIGURE WRITING REFLECTED IN MIRROR AT SOTHEBY’S NEW YORK

    Francis Bacon: Figure Writing, Reflected in Mirror is estimated at $30-40 million. (Click on image to enlarge). UPDATE: IT SOLD FOR $44,882,500.

    A powerful work by Francis Bacon could make up to $40 million at Sotheby’s contemporary art evening sale in New York on May 9. Figure Writing Reflected in Mirror represents some of Bacon’s most important themes and was included in the legendary 1977 exhibition at Galerie Claude Bernard in Paris.  The present owners purchased it at that exhibition. It has not been seen in public since.

    The writing figure represents both Bacon’s partner George Dyer and the artist himself.  The mirror shows a second figure, rather than a reflection.  The seated man, brought to life with Bacon’s urgent brushwork, is confronted by a sheet of paper. Discarded paper on the ground betrays a creative struggle. Bacon was obsessed with the written word and drew inspiration from classical writers from Aeschylus to T.S. Eliot. This is his only canvas to feature someone writing.

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