Francis Bacon - Triptych Inspired by Oresteia of Aeschylus


Three Lithographs in colours , 1981 , on one sheet of Arches Infinitiy watermarked paper, with full margins, signed by the artist in pencil, with the printers blindstamp, below left : ARTS.LITHO.PARIS

Edition:  /XXV an Hors Commerce Copy aside of the edition of 150

There were also 25 copies in Roman Numerals plus 10 artists proofs


Francis Bacon: Estampes - collection Alexandre Tacou Number 12

Bruno Sabatier “Francis Bacon Oeuvre Graphique Catalogue Raissone Number 16

Note: The prototype for this work is displayed in the Astrup Fearnley Collection, Oslo, Norway. It is a very large Triptych, Oil on canvas, with each panel measuring each 198 by 147.5 inches. each of the three parts is a complete, dynamic composition that can stand on its own and yet all have similarities that definitely unite them.  Bacon's traced geometry is mysterious but not at all disturbing and offers a sense of order to counter the highly agitated action apparently within its prescribed volumes.  Is it reassuring that the depicted explosiveness might be so contained?  As on-lookers, should we be comforted that our view is not from inside such visual structures?

The Orestia is a trilogy of Greek tragedies written by Aechylus in the 5th Century BC , concerning the murder of Agamemnon by his wife Clytemnestra, the murder of Clytemnestra by Orestes, their son, the trial of Orestes, the end of the curse on the House of Atreus and pacification of the Erinyer The Trilogy—consisting of Agamemnon, The Libration Bearers , and The Eumenides shows how the Greek gods interacted with the characters and influenced their decisions pertaining to events and disputes. The cycle of murderous revenge followed by bloody revenge organised and piloted by the gods was a theme fascinating to Francis Bacon who shows this visceral story in graphic detail in our triptych.

Published by: Editions de la Difference, Paris

Printed by: Arts Litho, Paris

Provenance: From the Collection of John Edwards (1949 - 2003) then by decent

Private Collection, London

John Edwards was Francis Bacon's closest friend for 18 years, and inherited the artist's £11 million estate. There were those who considered it a curious friendship. Although both men were homosexuals, Edwards maintained that they were never lovers. Furthermore, Edwards had never learned to read or write, and knew nothing of art or books. None of this, however, appeared to matter to Bacon. "I think he felt very free with me, because I was a bit different from most people he knew," Edwards once said. "I wasn't asking him about his painting or anything like that . . . I asked him once, 'what do you see in me?' And he laughed and said, 'You're not boring like most people'."

Condition: In good condition.

Size:   Each Lithograph. 15¾ x 11¾ in. (400 x 390 mm.) Sheet size: 535 x 1035 mms