Study of Red Pope 1962. 2nd version 1971

Study of Red Pope 1962. 2nd version 1971
Study of Red Pope 1962. 2nd version 1971.jpg
ArtistFrancis Bacon
Year1971 (1971)

Study of Red Pope 1962. 2nd version 1971 is a 1971 painting by Francis Bacon. It failed to sell at auction in October 2017 with an estimate of £60-80 million. It had not been on public display for 45 years until viewings for its 2017 auction.[1] It is a reinterpretation of his 1962 painting Study from Innocent X. Bacon's lover George Dyer is portrayed in the right side of the painting. The work was shown at the 1971 retrospective of Bacon's work at the Grand Palais.[2]

The juxtaposition of the two figures has been likened to a devotional diptych, Christie's described as "icons of the spirit and the flesh - the sacred and profane".[2]

References

  1. ^ "Christie's Fails to Sell Bacon Painting, Frieze Week's Star Lot, at $130 M. Contemporary Sale in London". Art News. 6 October 2017. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Icons of the spirit and the flesh — Francis Bacon's two greatest obsessions". Christie's. Retrieved 11 June 2018.

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Study of Red Pope 1962. 2nd version 1971 (1971) by Francis Bacon
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One of Mondrian's best known works, a product of his De Stijl period