Francis Bacon, Triptych, 1972

From the Tate Collection:

This work is generally considered one in a series of Black Triptychs which followed the suicide of Bacon’s lover, George Dyer. Dyer appears on the left and Bacon is on the right.The central group is derived from a photograph of wrestlers by Edward Muybridge, but also suggests a more sexual encounter. The seated figures and their coupling are set against black voids and the central flurry has been seen as ‘a life-and-death struggle’. The artist’s biographer wrote: ‘What death has not already consumed seeps incontinently out of the figures as their shadows.’

 

Posted on May 7 2012, with 188 Notes

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    Francis Bacon, Triptych, 1972
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    should reblog this as this is one of the few of Bacon’s works that I can really appreciate
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