Friday, 6 October 2017

Francis Bacon: Study Of Red Pope 1962, Second Version, 1971


In perhaps what is the most important week in London's art calendar Christie's auction house offers for sale a very important Francis Bacon painting - Study Of Red Pope, 1962, Second Version 1971, which hasn't been seen in public for 45 years. It is a very significant painting in Bacon's oeuvre for a number of reasons which are explained in the short film produced by Christie's below. The painting is one of two Bacon's among a number of important works by other major 20th C. artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat - who rather timely has his first British retrospective across town at the Barbican - that are up for grabs if you happen to have particularly deep pockets. Study Of Red Pope, 1962, Second Version 1971, goes under the hammer later today, and there is a great deal of anticipation about what price will be achieved when the gavel finally goes down. I saw another of Bacon's magnificent Pope paintings at the Vatican earlier this year (here), and their inspiration - the original, by Velazquez at the Villa Doria Pamphilj in Rome, which you can read about here.