Photographs from the collection of the Foundation of Estelle and Hervé Francès
RICHARD AVEDON | FRANCIS BACON, ARTIST, PARIS, 4-11-79
Estimate: 30,000 - 50,000 EUR
1923 - 2004
FRANCIS BACON, ARTIST, PARIS, 4-11-79
signé et numéroté '8/10' au feutre et cachet du photographe au verso
signed, numbered '8/10' in felt pen, copyright credit and reproduction stamps on verso
21 ¾ x 34 in. ; 55,2 x 86,3 cm
This print is in excellent condition. The print is taped on edges into aluminum mount. Two creases, one in the lower right and one in the upper left edge in the margin, away from image. One crease in the lower left margin. One tiny tape residue in the lower center and one minor bump in the center, only visible under raking light and not disturbing image.
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Acquired directly from the artist, November 10, 1980
Christie's, New York, Post-War and Contemporary Art, May 14, 2009, lot 190
Richard Avedon, An Autobiography (New York, 1993), pl. 214
Richard Avedon, Evidence 1944-1994 (New York, 1994), pp. 56, 1661
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Richard Avedon Portraits (New York, 2002), n. p.
This famous double portrait of Francis Bacon by Richard Avedon corresponds to the sequential narrative of the subjects painted by Bacon that often are composed in diptychs or most famously in triptychs. Other prints of this images are in prestigious collections such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) and the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.