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Francis Bacon: Study For Bullfight (centre panel) - Signed Print

Study For Bullfight (centre panel)
Signed Print

Francis Bacon


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Lithograph, 1990
Signed Print Edition of 150
H 48cm x W 36cm

Critical Review

Bacon throughout his life was fascinated by animals. But also, with the animalistic traits in humans. He believed that civilisation and the way that humans behaved with others was only a thin veneer masking the animalistic instincts of humankind. The sport of bullfighting was a key interest for Bacon as the grandeur and macho prestige was a spectacle of mortality.

This signed central panel is part of an edition size of 150. It is the least detailed of the three. The ring extends out of the picture plane as if potentially placing the viewer within the ring. A panel painted in eggshell extending upwards from the right side of the ring is left blank drawing the viewer's eye towards the action in the centre. The energetic movement of the bull lunging towards the matador is suggested in the white trail of hoof marks in the foreground of the sandy ring.

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