Francis Bacon’s Last Love – Study for Portrait of John Edwards

28 JULY 2020 | LONDON

Appearing at auction for the first time, this portrait by Francis Bacon opens a window onto one of the most important relationships of his life. In this video, discover how Bacon fused the influence of Michelangelo and Eadweard Muybridge with own delicate painterly style to depict his close companion John Edwards. Edwards was a bar manager from the East End of London who became the sole heir to Bacon’s estate when he died in 1992. ‘Study for Portrait of John Edwards’ is a highlight of our upcoming ‘Rembrandt to Richter’ Evening Sale (28 July | London). Spanning over 500 years of art history, this auction will draw the Old Masters together with 19thcentury, Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary artists.

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