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And again - Bacon for sale: what does it eat and why does it cost so much?

Announced that in July at Christie's auction will be sold painted by Francis Bacon portrait Portrait - a realistic genre, depicting the actual person or group of people. 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 Another facet of the name of the portrait lies in the outdated word "parsuna" - from the Latin.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 further artist Lucien Freud, who belonged to the writer Roald Dahl. Bail out plan about 20 million dollars. A trifling amount by the standards of Bacon (and Freud too): after all, the Bacon triptych “Three Sketches for a Portrait of Lucien Freud” tops the list of the most expensive paintings in the world - last year it was bought for 142.4 million dollars. In recent months, the name of Bacon now and then appears in summaries of records at auctions. Where does such demand and such prices come from?A sketch of the head of Lucien Freud Francis Bacon 1967, 36 × 31 cm

Friendly masterpiece

Bacon was friends with both Lucien Freud and Roald Dahl, therefore, written in 1967, he would rub (or rather, "Head Design") of the first one immediately bought by the second - for the ridiculous by today's standards 2,850 pounds sterling. Then, as Dahl's book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory thundered, that was what he invested in the best-selling book in modern art.
  • Francis Bacon, photo
  • Lucien Freud and Francis Bacon, 1953
Dahl was an avid collector of painting. Matisse, Van Gogh, Picasso, Reoir, Cezanne and Bacon from his collection never left the writer's house - and on July 1, Portrait Portrait is a realistic genre depicting a person or a group of people. 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 Another facet of the name of the portrait lies in the outdated word "parsuna" - from the Latin.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 Freud sent to the auction. Part of the proceeds will go to the development of the House-Museum of Dahl and the support of a children's charitable organization created by the writer during his lifetime. Pictured is a picture put up for auction in Roald Dahl’s living room.Estimate of the lot - 8−12 million dollars, hoping to help out up to 20.
Not less than the day before, on June 30 at Sotheby's in London, they intend to get for "Three Sketches for a Portrait of George Dyer." The starting price for three images of Bacon's lover, written, as the artist liked to practice, from photographs, and not from life, is 15-20 million euros.

And Bacon is so expensive

The appearance of the works of Bacon at the auction in recent times was accompanied by much more impressive amounts:
- May 13, 2014 - "Three sketches for a portrait of John Edwards" (talking about a close friend and heir of Bacon) go for 80.8 million dollars in New York.
- February 14, 2014 - for 42.1 in London they sell “Portrait Portrait is a realistic genre, depicting a person or a group of people who exists 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 on speaking George Dyer "(he was the main love in the life of the artist).
- November 12, 2013 - the most expensive painting in the world* the triptych “Three sketches for the portrait of Lucien Freud” becomes sold for 142.4 million dollars (by the way, Freud also wrote his colleague and rival Bacon many times).Three sketches of the portrait of John Edwards Francis Bacon 1984, 80.5 × 65 cmPortrait of a speaking George DyerFrancis Bacon 1966, 81.5 × 63.5 cmThree sketches for a portrait of Lucien Freud. Triptych Francis Bacon 1969, 147.5 × 198 cmAnd on the 9th place in the list of the most expensive paintings there is another Triptych, from 1976 — Roman Abramovich bought it for 86.3 million dollars in 2008. Here Francis Bacon poses against the background of his triptych, which is now in the oligarch's collection:As you can see, the interest in the work of Bacon is stable and supported by fabulous sums that collectors willingly lay out. What is the secret of success?
Pictures of Bacon rare can not be called. The artist was quite prolific: only the triptychs that he liked for the opportunity to see and show the image in dynamics, there were 28 left after him! And many of his works are in private collections, which means that they will regularly float at auctions. Obviously, the matter is not in quantity, but in the quality of the image. Let's listen to what the fans say about the painting of Bacon, who, despite the expressionist art history label, called himself a realist.
Roald Dahl bought a portrait portrait now on sale - a realistic genre depicting a person or a group of people 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 further Lucien Freud during the most difficult period of his life: his son, who was hit by a car, was severely injured, his daughter died from complications of measles, and his wife was paralyzed. Freud's smeared face on the canvas symbolized the confusion. Later, Dahl admitted that in his collection there are no artists who would have disturbed him more than Bacon. And he clarified: "I know that there are people who are not touched by his paintings - well, I would say that they are unhappy."

If you have seen “The Last Tango in Paris”, then you know that Bernardo Bertolucci should be attributed to Bacon's fans: the artist’s paintings appear right in the credits, and the director himself said that a special orange light was leaked directly from the paintings of Francis Bacon.

Before filming, Bertolucci took Marlon Brando to Bacon’s exhibition and said: “Do you see this painting? I want you to re-create the same intense pain in the frame. ”

It is possible, at least a little, to understand what kind of person Bacon was and what kind of feelings he lived in, the feature film “Love is Devil. Strokes to F. Bacon's Portrait ”, released in 1998, just 6 years after the death of the main character (played by Derek Jacobi). On the screen there is a painful story about the love of a bohemian artist and the thieves who climbed into his house, but the film also has a canvas with a palette, as well as reflections and nightmares of a genius and his partner and model George Dyer (played by the current James Bond - Daniel Craig) .

By the way, in 2008, the “Draft Head of George Dyer” by Bacon was sold for $ 27.4 million.Sketch of the head of George Dyer Francis Bacon 1967, 38 × 28 cm “I am a realist,” Bacon argued. And clarified: "There is nothing worse than life." And what if the precious commodity for which millionaires bargain at auctions is the pain concentrated on his canvases? But then the question arises: why is it for them, and even for such money? Maybe not to recognize yourself in the pictures and breathe a sigh of relief? If fear and suffering are relied upon in life, why not watch them from the side? This is worth a lot.

However, there is a version and easier. Bacon is highly valued, not because he is a very good artist, but because he is a very bad boy: Caravaggio’s popularity is about the same ferment, to contemporaries of which his works seemed even more insanity and lewdness than some of us - Bacon’s canvases, but what they have biographies! (In the photo - Franc Bacon poses for Vogue)

Well, or even simpler: Bacon, it may be, much overvalued. If so, after some time, today's buyers will have to mourn on their own.
* "Three sketches for the portrait of Lucien Freud" - the most expensive painting among those sold at official auctions. If we take into account the information about the paintings that were sold in private, then the most expensive will have to recognize the “Players in the cards” of Paul Cézanne ($ 250 million).
On the title photo - a visitor to the museum, the work of Francis Bacon