Skip to content

Painter Francis Bacon's triptych breaks record at art auction

By Greg Goodsell
11/13/2013 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

'Three Studies of Lucian Freud,' painted in 1969, fetches $142.4 million at auction

During his lifetime, he was denounced by then-British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher as "that man who paints those dreadful pictures." It looks like Irish-born artist Francis Bacon, who died in 1992 will have the last laugh. His triptych, "Three Studies of Lucian Freud," painted in 1969 has fetched a whopping $142.4 million, breaking the record for a work of art sold at auction, which was Edvard Munch's "The Scream," which sold for $119.9 million in 2012.

Francis Bacon's triptych, 'Three Studies of Lucian Freud,' painted in 1969 has fetched a whopping $142.4 million, breaking the record for a work of art sold at auction

Francis Bacon's triptych, "Three Studies of Lucian Freud," painted in 1969 has fetched a whopping $142.4 million, breaking the record for a work of art sold at auction

Highlights

By Greg Goodsell
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
11/13/2013 (3 years ago)

Published in Celebrity

Keywords: Francis Bacon, auction, painting, highest bid


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Sold as part of a Christie's auction in New York of postwar and contemporary art, the auction itself brought in $691.6 million. The Bacon painting depicts fellow British artist in three different seated poses against an orange background.

Reportedly purchased by art dealer William Aquavella for an unidentified client, the bidding lasted several minutes and featured rival offers from seven would-be owners.

AFTER THE UNSPEAKABLE, WE SPEAK HOPE. Support Catholic Online's response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.  DONATE NOW...

The recent sale is the latest in a line of major millions shelled out over for works of art. Munch's 1895 "The Scream" was bought at a Sotheby's auction in New York in 2012. Prior to that, the record holder was Picasso's 1932 "Nude, Green, Leave and Bust" that sold for $106.5 million at a Christie's auction in 2010.

The record purchase for any work of art is believed to be held by Cezanne's "The Card Players" that sold in 2011 for more than $250 million, which was purchased by the royal family of Qatar in a private sale from the estate of the Greek shipping tycoon George Embiricos.

Bacon was a controversial artist who was known for his bold, graphic and emotionally raw imagery. His paintings were usually abstracted figures that appear isolated in glass or steel geometrical cages set against flat, nondescript backgrounds.
 
At first unsure of his ability as a painter, he drifted and earned his living as an interior decorator and designer of furniture and rugs. He at one time admitted that his career was delayed because he had spent too long looking for a subject that would sustain his interest.

He first gained notoriety for the 1944 triptych Three Studies for "Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion" which sealed his reputation as a uniquely bleak chronicler of the human condition.

A bon vivant and straight-forwardly homosexual, he spent many of the evenings of his middle age eating, drinking and gambling in London's Soho district. Following the 1971 suicide of his male lover, Bacon largely withdrew from the London social scene to paint. He died from cardiac arrest at the age of 83.

A birth foretold: click here to learn more!

---


'Help give every student and teacher Free resources for a world-class moral Catholic education'


Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for MARCH 2017
Support for Persecuted Christians.
That persecuted Christians may be supported by the prayers and material help of the whole Church.


Comments


More Celebrity

Demi Lovato thanks God for changing her life Watch

Image of Demi Lovato thanks the Lord for freeing her from drug and alcohol addiction.

On her fifth anniversary of sobriety, singer/songwriter Demi Lovato posted a message thanking God for breaking the curse of addiction from ... continue reading


Catholic nuns sickened by Katy Perry's link to witchcraft as they fight to stop her purchase of sacred convent Watch

Image of Katy Perry is currently battling it out in court while nuns and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles fight over ownership.

In 2014, singer/songwriter Katy Perry paid a visit to Boston, MA and took place in an event called the Salem Witch Walk. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


The world loses another Christian actor - Bill Paxton dead at 61 Watch

Image of Bill Paxton and his wife Louise Newbury (David Dettmann/REX/Shutterstock).

Bill Paxton, known for his roles in "Twister," "Aliens," and "Apollo 13" passed away on February 25, 2017. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic ... continue reading


Britney Spears uses Bible verse as comeback in feud with Katy Perry Watch

Image of Britney Spears v. Katy Perry.

Katy Perry linked fellow singer Britney Spears to multiple rude comments concerning mental health - and Spears wasn't about to let them ... continue reading


Christian actor Chris Pratt posts simple picture featuring a Bible verse and receives overwhelming response Watch

Image of Chris Pratt's favorite possession.

Chris Pratt is famous for his roles in Jurassic World, Guardians of the Galaxy and Parks and Recreation, but the one thing that makes him ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.