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Signed Print Edition of 250
H 66cm x W 88cm
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Joe Syer, Head of Urban & Contemporary Art
Three Studies Of The Human Body (central panel) by Francis Bacon was created in 1980. The piece is part of a triptych which demonstrates Bacon’s interest in the human form where his representations merge abstract and organic features to create a sense of vulnerability and discomfort. This signed lithograph print is part of an edition size of 250.
Flanked by a left and right panel that have mirroring compositions to each other - a rectangular table with a profile view of a male body sitting upright - this central panel has a different composition. A circular table is placed in the middle of the scene and a human body lies writhing on top in a muddle of body parts. A discomforting scene is created as the body’s features fade and fuse together as if the artist attempts to depict the figure in distress.
A black square is placed directly behind the central figure and table. The rest of the interior is in a contrasting and stunning orange, highlighting the orange hues of the body and contributing to the unease of the scene. The body is one of Bacon’s most harrowing depictions of the human form. The disjointed muscles bulge out from the skin and flail across the table helplessly. A face emerges at the foreground of the scene identifiable by a gaping mouth and teeth indicating that the figure is screaming.