A portray by Irish-born British artist Francis Bacon of fellow UK painter Lucian Freud bought on Wednesday for £43.3 million ($52.5 million, 50.2 million euros), in keeping with Sotheby’s public sale home. The value is an public sale report for a portray by Bacon bought in London and likewise for any single panel portray by the artist.
“Research for Portrait of Lucian Freud”, painted in 1964, “exemplifies an iconic pairing of two of essentially the most vital painters throughout the canon of twentieth-century artwork”, stated the public sale home. The figurative work depicts a stressed, bare-chested Freud, with a distorted face, sitting on a bench.
“The current work is testomony to Francis Bacon’s capability to impress emotion and seize in paint the complexities of the human psyche,” added Sotheby’s. The artists have been shut mates but in addition creative rivals fascinated by the human determine and sat for one another on a number of events.
Bacon’s 1969 triptych “Three Research of Lucian Freud” bought in 2013 for $142.4 million, and held the report for the costliest murals at public sale till being unseated by Picasso’s “The Girls of Algiers (Model O)” in 2015. Snapped up by a New York gallery, it’s composed of three panels or items which present the artist Freud sitting on the identical chair however painted from completely different angles. Bacon died in 1992 and Freud in 2011. – AFP