That was the amount paid by a mysterious byer at Christies Auction House in New York last week for a triptych painted by Francis Bacon of his friend and rival painter Lucian Freud. The price easily eclipsed the $119,900,000.00 sale price of Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” which was auctioned by Sotheby’s in May of 2012. The painting is a magnificent series done in ocher and cool grey tones and is titled “Three Views of Lucian Freud” (yes…Sigmund’s grandson) who is perched on a wooden chair. The 1969 composition incorporates both linear qualities as well as a feeling of volume in the figure.
Francis Bacon was born in 1909 in Dublin to English parents and moved to London in 1926. Even though Bacon had no formal art training, his angst ridden paintings of twisted and mutilated forms touched a nerve in those who viewed his compelling work and he became much sought after by collectors in the 1930’s. The artist died in Madrid of a heart attack in 1992. The Cleveland Museum of Art has an excellent portrait simply titled “Head” that was acquired in 1982 and is on display from time to time. www.clevelandart.org I happen to love Bacon’s work and if I were a curator at the Cleveland Museum I would make haste to show that piece!
The latest information about the buyer is that she is the sister of the Emir of Qatar and that she has lately been acquiring artworks at an accelerated pace. Speculation is that many of the works may be displayed in a national museum that is scheduled to open in Qatar in 2016.

That was the amount paid by a mysterious byer at Christies Auction House in New York last week for a triptych painted by Francis Bacon of his friend and rival painter Lucian Freud. The price easily eclipsed the $119,900,000.00 sale price of Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” which was auctioned by Sotheby’s in May of 2012. The painting is a magnificent series done in ocher and cool grey tones and is titled “Three Views of Lucian Freud” (yes…Sigmund’s grandson) who is perched on a wooden chair. The 1969 composition incorporates both linear qualities as well as a feeling of volume in the figure. Francis Bacon was born in 1909 in Dublin to English parents and moved to London in 1926. Even though Bacon had no formal art training, his angst ridden paintings of twisted and mutilated forms touched a nerve in those who viewed his compelling work and he became much sought after by collectors in the 1930’s. The artist died in Madrid of a heart attack in 1992. The Cleveland Museum of Art has an excellent portrait simply titled “Head” that was acquired in 1982 and is on display from time to time. www.clevelandart.org I happen to love Bacon’s work and if I were a curator at the Cleveland Museum I would make haste to show that piece! The latest information about the buyer is that she is the sister of the Emir of Qatar and that she has lately been acquiring artworks at an accelerated pace. Speculation is that many of the works may be displayed in a national museum that is scheduled to open in Qatar in 2016.