Francis Bacon - The Human Body (Study for the Metropolitan Museum of Art)


Lithograph in colours, 1975, on Arches paper, signed by the artist in Felt Pen, the embossed blindstamp of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, below left, Printers annotated mark A MANARANCHE LITH below left within image.

Edition: 200

Literature: Bruno Sabatier “Francis Bacon: Oeuvre Graphique” (Catalogue Raisonee) Number 11

Published by: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Printed by : Alexis Manaranche, Paris.

Note: In March 1975 The Metropolitan Museum   of Art, New York, made an exhibition of Francis Bacon paintings. This work was published to go alongside that event and the subject was based on the centre panel; of Bacons “Metropolitan Tryptych” 1974/77. The work was an “avant les lettres” Limited edition piece made for the poster advertising the show. The Met’s curator of Twentieth Century Art at the time of the exhibition, Henry Gehldzahler, stated “It is impossible to be convinced by criticism that dismisses a body of work as aesthetically compelling as Bacon’s. Figuration may have been out of style during the fifties and sixties when his unforgettable images took hold of so many imaginations, but that inventive and memorable figuration was still possible is made clear by the work of such diverse artists as Giacometti, Balthus, Picasso and Magritte. Francis Bacon’s work must be dealt with as a series of facts that can neither be dismissed nor ignored.”

Condition: A fine proof with fresh colours in excellent condition

Size: Paper: 1271 x 895 mms.