Author: Charlotte Bearn

Francis Bacon Set to Make Millions

Man in Blue VI by Francis Bacon is up for auction after being in the same ownership for nearly 40 years with an estimated sale price of up to £6m.

Man in Blue VI is part of a series of seven major paintings that Bacon made in the spring of 1954, possibly the most intense, creative and much celebrated period in the artist’s career. During this period Francis Bacon was in the midst of a tempestuous and violent romance with Peter Lacy, a veteran Spitfire pilot whom he described as the great love of his life.

The seven paintings depicting Man in Blue are unusual in that Bacon appears to have painted the sitter from life, as opposed to using a photograph which was his usual method. The sitter is an unknown man who Bacon is thought to have met at the Imperial Hotel in Henley-upon-Thames where he was living after moving out of the cottage that he shared with Lacy nearby.

The work depicts an ordinary figure pulsating with life and apparent inner turmoil at the centre of a dark void. This form of depiction contrasts to that of the screaming agony of the heads and popes that the artist had been painting the previous year, and offers a more subtle representation of personal anxiety and torment.

    It was during the 1950s that Bacon gained international recognition; his portraits and paintings of Popes were exhibited at museums around Europe and the United States.

    Christies Post War and contemporary art auction will also feature works by Mark Rothko, Jeff Koons, Willem de Kooning and Bridget Riley. The Auction takes place at Christies, 8 King Street, London on February 11th.

     

    art to arrive by christmas

    £300

    55 x 70cm

    Zoe Moss £150

    Just Wanna Be Loved

    29.7 x 42 cm

    £150

    29.7 x 42 cm

    Falling Bears Artwork by Rhys Brown
    Exclusive

    Falling Bears

    70 x 47cm

    £450

    70 x 47cm

    Cherries

    42 x 59.4cm

    £200

    42 x 59.4cm

    CMY Bob

    60 x 84cm

    £159

    60 x 84cm

    £35

    15 x 15 cm

    Odi Et Amo - Small

    30 x 30cm

    £125

    30 x 30cm

    Lose Yourself - Blue

    29.7 x 42 cm

    £85

    29.7 x 42 cm

    Future Penguin

    35 x 50cm

    £150

    35 x 50cm

    Shuby £45

    Love Banana

    42 x 29.7cm

    £45

    42 x 29.7cm

    Masterpiece Plus Art Print by Remi Rough
    Exclusive

    Masterpiece Plus

    42 x 29.7cm

    £190

    42 x 29.7cm

    Love's a game
    Exclusive

    Love's a game

    50 x 50cm

    £150

    50 x 50cm

    Not My First Rodeo (11th Edition) Art Print by Babak Ganjei
    Exclusive

    £135

    50 x 70cm

    £150

    50 x 70cm

    BALLOON DOG 7 Art Print by VeeBee
    Exclusive
    VeeBee £270

    BALLOON DOG 7

    21 x 29.7cm

    £270

    21 x 29.7cm

    Tom Lewis £125

    Stag

    30 x 30 cm

    £125

    30 x 30 cm

    Choco Happy Dog

    12 x 6 x 12cm

    £300

    12 x 6 x 12cm

    £48

    6 x 10 cm

    RYCA £80

    Blowing A Kiss

    12 x 12cm

    £80

    12 x 12cm

    United Colour of London Art Print by Jayson Lilley
    Exclusive

    £195

    31 x 24cm

    Rise no.1 Art Print by Lisa Lloyd
    Exclusive

    Rise no.1

    60 x 60cm

    £150

    60 x 60cm

    £220

    59 x 70.5cm

    Canary

    40 x 50cm

    £150

    40 x 50cm

    £50

    50 x 70cm

    Gorilla - Pink Foil

    42 x 59.4cm

    £195

    42 x 59.4cm

    Love is the Drug - Pink Diamond Dust, 2020 Art Print by Ryan Callanan
    Exclusive

    £200

    60 x 60cm

    Twilight

    32.x 44cm

    £65

    32.x 44cm

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