Arabic AR Chinese (Simplified) ZH-CN English EN French FR German DE Japanese JA Portuguese PT Russian RU Spanish ES Ukrainian UK

Francis Bacon painting emerges after 45 years

Latest news

    Francis Bacon - Study of Red Pope 1962, 2nd Version 1971Image copyright Christie’s

    A Francis Bacon painting valued at £60m is to be seen in public for the first time for 45 years when it goes under the hammer next month.

    His Study of Red Pope 1962, 2nd Version 1971 was the last in the artist’s famous series of papal portraits.

    It was exhibited in Paris in 1971, six months after it was painted, and then in Dusseldorf the following year.

    It has been in the hands of a private European collector since 1973 but will be auctioned by Christie’s in October.

    For the painting, Bacon revisited Study of Red Pope 1962, which was itself inspired by Diego Velázquez’s 1650 masterpiece Portrait of Pope Innocent X.

    For the revised version, Bacon added another figure – a reflection of the artist’s partner George Dyer.

    ‘A tragic premonition’

    Less than two days before Bacon’s Paris retrospective opened in 1971, Dyer took his own life.

    Francis Outred, Christie’s head of post-war and contemporary art, said the painting was “quite simply art history”.

    He said: “It is a tragic premonition which unites Bacon’s two greatest muses, the Pope and George Dyer, for the first and only time.”

    It will be auctioned on 6 October and will be on view at Christie’s in London from 30 September.

    The record price paid for a Bacon at auction was $142m (£89m) for a triptych depicting of his friend and fellow artist Lucian Freud, which was sold in 2013.

    View the original article:

    Follow us on Facebook, on Twitter @BBCNewsEnts, or on Instagram at bbcnewsents. If you have a story suggestion email

    In the same category are

    Freezing temperatures push up wholesale gas prices Image copyright Getty Images Household energy bills could rise after a surge in wholesale gas prices sparked by the recent cold weather in the UK.Wh...
    Winter Olympics: Great Britain’s women lose to Japan in bronze-medal match XXIII Olympic Winter GamesVenue: Pyeongchang, South Korea Dates: 9-25 FebruaryCoverage: Watch live on BBC TV, Red Button, Connected TVs, BBC Sport we...
    Billy Morgan: ‘We’ve done well for a nation with no snow’ Billy Morgan has won bronze in the men's snowboarding big air in Pyeongchang - Team GB's fifth medal, and a record for Great Britain at a Winter Olymp...
    Wrexham pub offers discount to diners who lock phones away Image copyright Ceidiog Image caption General manager Mark Finley and restaurant manageress Jade Darlington hope to see less of this in their pub ...
    Red Cross reveals 21 staff paid for sexual services Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The ICRC launched an internal review after reports of misconduct at aid agencies The International Comm...
    Two charged over Coventry brothers crash deaths A man and woman have been charged with causing death by dangerous driving following the deaths of two young brothers in Coventry. Corey and Casper P...