Francis Bacon - Portrait de Michel Leiris

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Etching & Aquatint in colours, 1978, on Arches paper, signed by the artist in pencil. Publishers blindstamp below

Edition: From the edition of 46 numbered /XLVI. There was also a signed and numbered edition of 100 and no artists proofs

Literature:  

Bruno Sabatier: Francis Bacon: Oeuvre Graphique (Catalogue Raisonee) Number 2

Alexandre Tacou “Francis Bacon: Estampes” Number 34

Published by: Editions Georges Vivat et Cie (Paris)

Size: Plate size 297 x 250 mms; - Sheet size : 680 x 520 mms

Note: This was issued for a portfolio "Requiem pour la fin des temps" from Eddy Batache.

Francis Bacon met Michel Leiris in 1965 and the following years made several portraits of his friend writer and ethnologist, in different techniques (paintings, lithographs, engravings) ; portraits that David Sylvester, critic and friend of the painter will consider as "hypnotic images (which) are both portraits and rebuilding of the architecture of the human head”. For much of the 20th century Leiris was at the forefront of French Intellectual life. He was intimately connected with the Surrealist movement and a friend of Picasso’s. During his many visits to Paris Bacon would often lunch with Leiris who certainly influenced the artists tunking. Leiris would later produce a well illustrated Monograph on Bacon’s oeuvre. He also translated Bacon’s interviews with David Sylvester into French.