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A Very Rare Signed Francis Bacon Book

A Very Rare Signed Francis Bacon Book


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A very rare book with an associational inscription by Francis Bacon in near mint condition Title: Francis Bacon Author: John Russel Publication details: Date of publication: 1979 Hardcover, World of Arts series, 175 plates, 37 in color. Publisher: Oxford University Press Place of Publication: New York and Toronto ISBN 0 - 19 - 520113 - 2 ISBN 0 - 19 - 520114 - 0 pbk. Printed in Great Britain by Jarrold and Sons Ltd. Norwich Signed by Francis Bacon This copy was personally signed by Francis Bacon. On the third sheet, opposite a self-portrait it reads "with all my best wishes Francis Bacon 2/11/79“ written in green felt tip pen by Bacon. Biographical Note on Francis Bacon : Francis Bacon (28 October 1909 – 28 April 1992) was an Irish-born British figurative painter known for his bold, graphic and emotionally raw artistic creations. Despite his bleak existentialist outlook impressed in the public mind through his remarkably insightful interviews with David Sylvester, Bacon in person was a bon vivant and openly and unapologetically gay. A prolific artist, he nonetheless spent many of the evenings of his middle age eating, drinking and gambling in London's Soho with friends such as Lucien Freud, John Deakin, Muriel Belcher , Henrietta Moraes, Daniel Farson and Jeffrey Bernard, notably in Muriel Belcher’s private drinking club, The Colony Room at 41 Dean Street. After his lover, John Dyer's suicide he largely distanced himself from this circle, and while his social life was still active and his passion for gambling continued, he settled into a platonic relationship with his eventual heir, John Edwards. During his lifetime, Bacon was equally reviled and acclaimed. Margaret Thatcher, for instance, described him as "that man who paints those dreadful pictures", but he was the subject of three Tate retrospectives and a major showing in 1971 at the Grand Palais in Paris. Since his death, his reputation and the market values of his work have steadily grown. In the late 1990s a number of major works previously assumed to have been destroyed, including Bacon’s painting of the Popes from the early 1950s and portraits from the 1960s, surfaced on the art market and set record prices at auctions. On 12 November 2013 his painting ‘Three Studies of Lucian Freud’ set the record as the most expensive piece of art ever auctioned, selling for $142,405,000 22 x 15,5 cms Condition: Near mint condition in a near fine dust jacket. Pages are clean, text and images are clear, the personal inscription of Francis Bacon in mint condition.