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Francis Bacon at Christie's: again a record!

February 13 in London was the evening auction house at Christie's, dedicated to the post-war and contemporary art. Revenues amounted to about 206.2 million dollars - this is the second largest result in the history of the European auction on the stated topic. Bidding sensation - the work of the British expressionist Francis Bacon (Francis Bacon) "Portrait of the Speaker George Dyer" (1966) - bought it for $ 70 million, and it took only 6 minutes to bid. So who is George Dyer?Not without reason, the results of the auction were recognized as sensational: today, this is a record for Christie's European auctions for “single” canvases. However, for the paintings of Francis Bacon (Francis Bacon) this is not a price pinnacle: the noise around the sale in New York of his other work, the Three Sketches to the Portrait of Lucien Freud (1969), has not yet subsided. The work went under the hammer in November 2013 again at Christie's auction, which was held in New York.

What is so valued today? Bacon’s painting focuses on the topic of suffering - it is often written that he conveys the tragedy of existence. Obviously, this is one of the reasons why his paintings are rarely bought for interior decoration. But the museums "buy up" the artist steadily over the past few years, and his canvases have already begun to be regarded as a profitable investment. However, dark moods and tones are more characteristic of Bacon’s early works. Later, he even chose a kind of decorative style in bright and juicy colors (known for his addiction to delicious “fruit” shades - cherry, lingonberry, orange).

Who is George Dyer?

“PortraitPortrait is a realistic genre depicting a person or a group of people existing in reality. The portrait - in the French reading - portrait, from the old French portraire - "reproduce something line in line." Another facet of the name of the portrait lies in the outdated word "parsuna" - from the Latin. persona - "person; person". Read more of the speaker George Dyer, created in 1966, is considered the most important image of a friend of the artist, made in large format. The painting gained fame after the first exhibition in 1971 in Paris, and the last time it was seen at Christie's in New York in 2000. Then it was bought for 6.6 million dollars, which was a record for the work of Bacon at that time. Note that only the starting price of the painting in 2014 was already $ 50 million. As you can see, Bacon’s shares in the art world have risen markedly.
George Dyer was not the only love in the life of Bacon, but the opinions of most biographers agree that this is the main person for the artist. All the facts are obvious: Bacon portrayed Dyer a lot during his lifetime, and after his friend's death, he began to portray him in almost every work of his own, and to dedicate it to his memory - each one in general. The artist said that this is his “way of remembering” ...
Dyer committed suicide when Bacon was absorbed in preparations for his next show. Before that, the artist managed to save a friend several times at the last moment, but at that time he was busy. Bacon pursued the feeling of guilt to the end of his days and could not but reflect on his work: he plunged into melancholy. During the auction at Christie's, entitled “Post-War and Contemporary Art”, the work of contemporary German artist Gerhard Richter was also sold. The painting “Abstract Painting” went under the hammer for $ 32.1 million. Another top lot of the auction was the sculpture “Cracked Egg / Lilac” by Jeff Koons. The work of art was sold for $ 23.1 million with an estimated value of $ 16.4−24.6 In total, 49 lots were presented at the auction.The collectors were also offered works by Bridget Riley, Jenny Saville, Damien Hirst, Chris Ofili, Peter Doig and other creators of modern times.Prepared by Julia Vlaskina