When Bacon captured the spirit of a fellow titan
The legendary painter’s 1964 portrait of his friend and contemporary Lucian Freud goes on sale at Sotheby’s with a price tag of more than £35m
Francis Bacon’s portrait of fellow artist Lucian Freud is a highlight of Sotheby’s British Art: The Jubilee Auction this month.
The pair met through fellow artist Graham Sutherland, and it is said they saw each other almost every day for 25 years until a series of petty rows ultimately splintered their relationship.
The full-length portrait, painted in 1964 at the height of Bacon’s career, is described in the catalogue as illuminating the powerful dialogue of ...