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Francis Bacon’s Triptych,1976 At Sotheby’s May Sale Estimated At $70 Million

Francis Bacon’s Triptych,1976 at Sotheby’s May Sale Estimated at $70 Million

On the evening of May 14, 2008, Sotheby’s sale of Contemporary Art in New York will feature a masterpiece of the 20th century, Francis Bacon’s Triptych, 1976, the most important work by the artist in private hands. A masterwork of the first order, the potent concentration of imagery in Triptych, 1976, provokes a wide range of possible interpretations in a painting which matches the tragic grandeur of Aeschylus. Triptych, 1976, was the centerpiece of the artist’s most important show of new work of the 1970s, held at the Galerie Claude Bernard in Paris in 1977, which closely documented Bacon’s unease and restless mind during that time.


March 26, 2008 - Posted by | Artists, News | , , ,


  1. […] Bacon 1976 Triptych Auctioned for $86.3 million Francis Bacon’s 1976 triptych became the most expensive work of contemporary art ever sold at auction for $86.3 million. Experts […]

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  2. This piece is a pile of crap. There is no artistry. There is no imitation of nature–only the “artist’s” hideous mind.

    Comment by Doug MacArthur | November 1, 2008 | Reply

    • Art does not need to imitate nature. In fact, Bacon himself dismissed such mimicry as mere ‘illustration’.

      Comment by Mr Wildstomp (@Kodanshi) | October 2, 2012 | Reply

  3. This painting has nothing to do with the Bacon’s mind. It has everything to do with his ability to render invisible forces visible.

    Comment by Gil DeLous | February 19, 2009 | Reply

  4. For a guy who threatened to overthrow Harry Truman’s democratically elected government, Doug MacArthur knows very little about art.

    Comment by Biff Vulgar | August 15, 2009 | Reply

  5. Wuts is the artist trying to say in this painting??

    Comment by Jimmy | September 12, 2009 | Reply

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