The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Monday, April 27, 2015


Study for a Portrait of P.L. by Francis Bacon to be offered at Sotheby's Contemporary Art Evening Auction
Francis Bacon, Study for Portrait of PL 1962, 1962. Oil on canvas, 78 x 57 inches. Est. $30/40 million. Photo: Sotheby's.
NEW YORK, NY.- On 14 May 2013 in New York Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction will feature Francis Bacon’s 1962 Study for a Portrait of P.L. Psychologically arresting, this astonishingly-intimate portrait stands as a surviving eulogy of the artist’s ill-fated lover, Peter Lacy and summates a relationship that had a paramount effect on both Bacon’s life and work. Painted posthumously, just months after his early death from alcohol abuse in 1962, this homage is the most important and iconic portrait of Lacy ever created by Bacon and formally marks the direction of his work in the following decades. Until Sotheby’s pre-sale exhibitions began this month, Study for a Portrait of P.L. had not been seen in public since 1972. The work carries an estimate of $30/40 million* and will be shown in Sotheby’s New Bond Street galleries in London from 12 – 16 April and in New York beginning 3 May.

In 1952 Bacon met Peter Lacy, a former Battle of Britain pilot, in Soho’s Colony Room. Described as ‘the greatest and most disastrous love of his life’ their relationship was marked by tempestuous, often violent passion. In the mid-1950s, Lacy moved to Tangier, attracted by the city’s exotic lifestyle and tolerance towards homosexuality. The city though was ultimately a fatal arena for Lacy, and Bacon received the news of the death along with telegrams of congratulations for his 1962 Tate exhibition. Poignantly, it was on the eve of his next major retrospective at the Grand Palais ten years later that Bacon learned of the suicide of George Dyer, Lacy’s successor as the artist’s lover and muse.

Study for a Portrait of P.L. brilliantly conveys Bacon’s immediate memory of the man who had dominated his life during the previous decade. With his depiction of a tortured and troubled personality, Bacon captures his lover’s character as he had intimately observed it. Lacy’s unmistakable presence emerges against the rich bands of blue symbolically holding a glass of wine while his foot reaches down to the sand-like floor.

Study for a Portrait of P.L. adopts a radically minimal composition, with the background colour applied like the colour-field paintings of the Abstract Expressionists, and critically sees the re-introduction of Picasso’s influence on Bacon’s work, the expressionistic brushwork and physiognomy of Lacy’s head reminiscent of Picasso’s early ‘primitive heads’. This formulaic change catapulted Bacon’s paintings and marked the direction of the artist’s work until his death over 25 years later. The impassioned portraits of his close circle of friends and lovers, none more so than George Dyer, are unquestionably influenced by Study for a Portrait of P.L.





Today's News

April 9, 2013

Sotheby's London to offer important and rarely seen View of Avignon by Claude-Joseph Vernet

Study for a Portrait of P.L. by Francis Bacon to be offered at Sotheby's Contemporary Art Evening Auction

Sotheby's Hong Kong sets world auction record for Qing Kangxi porcelain

"The Philippines: Archipelago of Exchange" opens at musée du quai Branly

Italian police recover painting by Marc Chagall stolen from United States yacht more than a decade ago

Console by Diego Giacometti achieves $1, 762,500 at Doyle New York design auction

Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven announces unknown painting by El Lissitzky discovered

Rem Koolhaas-designed furniture for Knoll unveiled at Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan

Racing at 100 MPH with no brakes: Ex-Steve McQueen motorcycle to be sold at Bonhams

Antik A.S. to present an important auction of Turkish paintings and Ottoman art

Marcel Dzama: Puppets, Pawns, and Prophets on view at David Zwirner in London

Heritage Auctions releases ebook for collectors: How to appraise, sell & more

1913 Liberty Nickel, one of only five known, leads Heritage Auctions' Central States event

First ever Rietveld exhibition in a Dutch gallery

Brown University's Bell Gallery examines War in Iraq

Liverpool Biennial appoints Curators for 2014

New installation by Brussels-based Scottish artist Lucy McKenzie on view at the Stedelijk Museum

Exhibition at Leila Heller Gallery celebrates the career of recently deceased Iranian artist Farideh Lashai

Christopher K. Ho's first exhibition at Y Gallery opens in New York

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Archaeologists find 5,000-year-old skeletons in an ancient village in northern India

2.- Exhibition at the Louvre museum offers rare glimpse of the ancient Thracian culture

3.- Most Britons ignorant over Battle of Waterloo: National Army Museum poll

4.- Sotheby's to offer the historic collection of Mary, Duchess of Roxburghe

5.- Van Gogh and Rothko: Two masterpieces of modern art unveiled at Sotheby's London

6.- Recently discovered self-portrait headlines 'Leonardo da Vinci and the Idea of Beauty' at MFA Boston

7.- Supermodel Gisele Bundchen, world's top-earning model, makes teary last catwalk turn

8.- Le Corbusier legacy threatened by revelations in new books that architect was 'fascist'

9.- Groundbreaking photographs of India's Sidi community go on show in the UK for the first time

10.- William and Kate: royal parents with a modern image



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site