May 12, 2016 - Sale 2415

Sale 2415 - Lot 254

Price Realized: $ 7,800
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 8,000 - $ 12,000

Color aquatint and etching on Guarro paper, 1981. 385x295 mm; 15 1/4x11 5/8 inches, full margins. Signed and numbered 87/99 in pencil, lower margin. Printed and published by Ediciones Polígrafa, Barcelona. A superb impression with strong colors.

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 struggling on a beach.

Bacon's oil triptych, on which the aquatints were based, was sold at Christie's, London, February 6, 2008, to a private collector.

The left panel of the same-titled, three-part work painted by Bacon from 1974 to 1977. Sabatier 4 (left panel) (see also next lot).