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Signed Print Edition of 150
H 85cm x W 65cm
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Joe Syer, Head of Urban & Contemporary Art
Study For Bullfight (left panel) is part of an infamous trio of bullfight studies by Francis Bacon finished in 1990. Each panel depicts an ominous bull with monstrous horns charging at a matador in the centre of the sandy bullring. Surrounded by a fiery yellow interior, the bull and matador are rendered in bruise-like tones that unite them in their physical endeavour.
A murky sandy ring contains the action within the scene. A thin pink band hugs the upper half of the enclosure, and the mirror on the left side of the ring provides a glimpse of the roaring audience. The chaos emitted from this section reflects the animosity of humans- a theme which Bacon explored in much of his work - as they look upon the ‘dance’ between life and death of the beast and the man.
This lithograph is part of an edition size of 150. In it the action extends beyond the ring as a trail of the bull’s movements is trailed outside the ring and into the sand. Black dashes swirl around the bull and matador suggesting the circular movements of the figures. An atmosphere of chaos and commotion is emitted as a black tail is seen to swish and hoofs can almost be heard clattering around in this grandiose spectacle of danger.