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Friday, November 15, 2013

Francis Bacon's Highest Paid Artwork

I couldn't believe my eyes when I read that this painting "Three Studies of Lucian Freud", which was created by Francis Bacon in 1969, sold for a whopping $142.4 million at auction last week.

That of course piqued my curiosity as to who Francis Bacon was. I suspect I am not the only one who hadn't heard about him. Well, here is some info in a nutshell.

Francis Bacon was born on October 28 of 1909 in Dublin, Ireland. His father was Anthony Edward Mortimer Bacon, a veteran Captain of the Boer War who worked as a racehorse trainer. His mother was Christina Winifred Firth, heiress to a Sheffield steel business and a coal mine.

The family consisted of Mom and Dad, an older brother Harley, the two sisters Ianthe and Winifred who were both younger than Francis, and a younger brother Edward. It is said they were direct descendants of Sir Francis Bacon, an English politician, philosopher, and essayist who lived from 1561 to 1626.

The family moved back and forth between England and Ireland and Francis was mainly raised by his nanny. He took up painting in his twenties while working as an interior and furniture designer and later on as a telephone operator. He didn't gain much recognition for his paintings until 1944 when the "Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion" drew the attention.

Francis Bacon died of a heart attack on April 28, 1992, in Madrid, Spain. He was described as being one of the most important painters of the twentieth century, although not everyone can and will appreciate his often sinister, disturbing, and dark works of art.

Some can and are willing to spend millions to have it in their possession!

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