Francis Bacon Triptych – August 1972

Triptych - August 1972 (1972)

Triptych – August 1972 (1972)

Can we just admire this Francis Bacon triptych (Triptych – August, 1972) for a moment?

This work is generally considered one in a series of Black Triptychs which followed the suicide of Bacon’s lover, George Dyer. Dyer appears on the left and Bacon is on the right.The central group is derived from a photograph of wrestlers by Edward Muybridge, but also suggests a more sexual encounter. The seated figures and their coupling are set against black voids and the central flurry has been seen as ‘a life-and-death struggle’. The artist’s biographer wrote: ‘What death has not already consumed seeps incontinently out of the figures as their shadows.’

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