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FRANCIS BACON Triptych (Torso).
Color aquatint on Guarro paper, 1981. 385x295 mm; 15 1/4x11 1/2 inches, full margins. Signed and numbered 70/99 in pencil, lower margin. Printed and published by Polígrafa, Barcelona. A very good impression.
The center panel of the same-titled, three-part work painted by Bacon (1909-1992) from 1974 to 1977. This mysterious triptych, one of the last in a series of triptychs that Bacon painted following the suicide of his long-time companion, George Dyer, in 1971 (Dyer killed himself in the Paris hotel room where he and Bacon were staying on the eve of the opening of a landmark retrospective of Bacon's work at the Grand Palais), is believed to represent Dyer's struggles and mental anguish. Sabatier 4 (center panel).