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Francis Bacon: After Second Version of The Triptych, 1944 (centre panel) - Signed Print

After Second Version of The Triptych, 1944 (centre panel)
Signed Print

Francis Bacon


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Lithograph, 1988
Signed Print Edition of 60
H 62cm x W 46cm

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Critical Review

This central panel is part of an edition size of 60. After Second Version of the Triptych 1944 diverges from the right and left in its background where a central blood red strip is framed by two pale yellow panels on either side. The anthropomorphic creature is upon an almost ornate wooden pedestal. It’s bulbus body appears to be facing the back and its long neck is turned back towards the viewer grinning to reveal human teeth. The spindly legs of the creature emulate the wood of the pedestal as they extend out towards the viewer. The fragility of the legs creates a sense of unease as the creatures bulging body balances precariously on its legs framed by the blood red runway.

The sinister atmosphere created in this triptych reflects that of the original 1944 work. Despite the different composition of the panels and the variety of this central panel, the affect remains harrowing if with an increased elegance in the certain familiar unfamiliarity of these creatures and the stark space that they inhabit.

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