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Property from an Important Private Collector

Francis Bacon

Portrait of George Dyer Crouching

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May 14, 12:59 AM GMT


30,000,000 - 50,000,000 USD

Lot Details


Property from an Important Private Collector

Francis Bacon

1909 - 1992

Portrait of George Dyer Crouching

titled and dated 1966 (on the reverse)

oil on canvas

78 by 57 ⅞ in.

198 by 147 cm.

Executed in 1966.

Marlborough-Gerson Gallery Inc, New York

Private Collection, Caracas (acquired from the above in 1970)

Thence by descent to the present owner

Robert Melville, "Francis Bacon," Studio International, April 1967, vol. 173, p. 193, illustrated

John Rothenstein, The Masters 71: Bacon, London, 1967, no. XVI, p. 8, illustrated and n.p., illustrated in color

Robert Melville, "Gallery: Exemplary Story-Telling," London: The Architectural Review, June 1967, Iss. CXLI, p. 460, illustrated (detail) 

Exh. Cat., Kunsthalle Darmstadt, Menschenbilder, 1968, no. 79a, p. 164, illustrated (detail) and p. 195, illustrated in color 

John Russell, Francis Bacon, London, 1971, no. 62, pp. 108, 131, 161 (text) and p. 130, illustrated

Hugh Davies, "Bacon's 'Black' Triptychs," Art in America, Vol. 63, No. 2, March - April 1975, p. 68, illustrated

Lorenza Trucchi, Francis Bacon, New York, 1975, no. 104, n.p., illustrated

Michel Leiris, Francis Bacon: Full Face and in Profile, New York, 1983, no. 38, p. 46, illustrated in color

Exh. Cat., London, Tate Gallery, Francis Bacon, 1985p.  29, illustrated (detail)

Hugh Davies and Sally Yard, Francis Bacon, New York, 1986, no. 50, pp. 45, 48 (text) and p. 46, illustrated in color

Jörg Zimmermann, Francis Bacon, Kreuzigung: Versuch, eine gewalttätige Wirklichkeit neu zu sehen, Frankfurt, 1986, p. 97 (text)

Michel Leiris, Francis Bacon, New York, 1988, no. 36, n.p., illustrated in color

Patricia Gentner, "Breaking into a 'semiotic enclave': How art critics refer to the works of Rothko and Bacon," Semiotica, Vol. 79, Ann Arbor, 1990, p. 276 (text)

Andrew Sinclair, Francis Bacon: His Life and Violent Times, London, 1993, p. 199 (text)

Daniel Farson, The Gilded Gutter Life of Francis Bacon, New York, 1993, p. 192 (text)

Ernst van Alphen, Francis Bacon and the Loss of Self, Cambridge, 1993, no. 91, p. 148 (text) and p. 151, illustrated

Heike Sütter, Bewegung und Raum im Werk von Francis Bacon, Weimar, 1999, no. 22, p. 56 (text) and p. 115, illustrated

Jill Berk Jiminez, ed., Dictionary of Artists' Models, Chicago, 2001, p. 177 (text)

Margarita Cappock, Francis Bacon’s Studio, London, 2005, p. 201 (text)

Martin Harrison, In Camera: Francis Bacon: Photography, Film and the Practice of Painting, New York, 2005, no. 121, p. 120, illustrated in color and p. 121 (text)

Exh. Cat., New York, Gagosian Gallery, Isabel and Other Intimate Strangers: Portraits by Alberto Giacometti and Francis Bacon, 2008, p. 212 (text)

Anna Maria Wieland, Francis Bacon, Munich, 2009, p. 95 (text) and p. 196, illustrated in color

Martin Harrison, ed., Francis Bacon - New Studies: Centenary Essays, Göttingen, 2009, no. 33, p. 43, illustrated in color and p. 122 (text)

Jennifer Dyer, Serial Images: The Modern Art of Iteration, Berlin, 2011, p. 72 (text)

Kent L. Brintnall, Ecce Homo: The Male-Body-in-Pain as Redemptive Figure, Chicago, 2011, p. 157 (text)

Rina Arya, ed., Francis Bacon: Critical and Theoretical Perspectives, New York, 2012, p. 156 (text) (incorrectly dated 1964)

Martin Harrison, ed., Francis Bacon Catalogue Raisonné, Volume III, 1958-71, London, 2016, no. 66-01, pp. 793-94, illustrated in color

Martin Harrison, ed., Francis Bacon: La France et Monaco, Paris, 2016, p. 181 (text)

Christopher Bucklow, Steven Jaron, Darian Leader, et. al., Bacon and the Mind: Art, Neuroscience, and Psychology, New York, 2019, no. 8, p. 20, illustrated in color

Eliza Apperly, “A Glimpse Into Bacon’s Mind,” Thames and Hudson Features, 29 May 2019, illustrated in color (text)(online)

Joseph Nechvatal, “A Multi-faceted Look at Francis Bacon’s Psychology,” Hyperallergic, 14 November 2019, illustrated in color (online)

John Evans, "Beast Master," Camden New Journal, 10 September 2020, illustrated in color (online)

Balasz Takac, “Francis Bacon’s Depictions of Man and Beast at RA in 2022,” Widewalls, 24 November 2020, illustrated in color (online)

Jackie Wullschläger, “Francis Bacon: Man and Beast is an exhibition for now,” Financial Times, 30 December 2020, illustrated in color (online)

Jonathan Jones, “Howling, crouching, horrifying – why are Francis Bacon’s animals so nightmarish?,” The Guardian, 28 December 2021, illustrated in color (online)

Mark Hudson, “Francis Bacon – Man and Beast review: Post-Holocaust surrealism that still feels raw and challenging,” The Independent, 25 January 2022, illustrated in color (online)

Melanie McDonagh, “Francis Bacon: Man and Beast at the Royal Academy review: astonishingly potent,” The Standard, 25 January 2022, illustrated in color (online)

Emily Dinsdale, "Man and beast: Francis Bacon’s monstrous monster paintings," Dazed Digital, 28 January 2022, illustrated in color (online)

James Cahill, “The Animals and Animalism of Francis Bacon’s Paintings,” AnOther Magazine, 28 January 2022, illustrated in color (online)

Rachel Spence, “Francis Bacon at the Royal Academy — a painter for our times,” Financial Times, 29 January 2022, illustrated in color (online)

Beth Williamson, “Francis Bacon: Man and Beast,” Studio International, 10 February 2022, illustrated in color (online)

Michael Glover, “The Beastliness of Bacon,” Hyperallergic, 10 February 2022, illustrated in color (online)

Michelle Doyle, "13 things to know about Francis Bacon," Royal Academy Articles, 14 February 2022, illustrated in color (online)

John Evans, “Man as beast,” Westminster Extra, 31 March 2022 (online) (text)

Katharina Günther, Francis Bacon: In the Mirror of Photography, Berlin, 2022, p. 121 (text)

Paris, Galerie Maeght; Rome, Marlborough Gallery; Milan, Galleria Toninelli; and London, Marlborough Fine Art Ltd., Francis Bacon: Recent Paintings, November 1966 - April 1967, no. 8, p. 2, illustrated in color (Paris); no. 2, p. 49, illustrated in color (London)

Paris, Galeries nationales du Grand Palais and Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Francis Bacon, October 1971 - May 1972, no. 61, p. 75, illustrated in color

Caracas, Museo de Bellas Artes, Cuatro maestros contemporáneous del arte figurativo: Giacometti, Dubuffet, De Kooning, Bacon, April - August 1973, no. B7, n.p. (text) 

Washington, D.C., Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and New York, Museum of Modern Art, Francis Bacon, October 1989 - August 1990, no. 27, n.p., illustrated in color

London, Royal Academy of Arts, Francis Bacon: Man and Beast, January - April 2022, no. 40, pp. 115, 150 (text) and p. 120, illustrated in color