This work is from a series of ‘Black Triptychs’ completed by Bacon after the suicide of his lover, George Dyer; Dyer appears on the left, Bacon on the right. The central image is based on a photograph of wrestlers by Edward Muybridge but suggests a sexual encounter, with the seated figures set against black voids. Sabatier, Bacon’s biographer, wrote of the work: ‘What death has not already consumed seeps incontinently out of the figures as their shadows.’
Lithograph. 61 x 89.5 cm. Signed and numbered, from an edition of 180.
Catalogue raisonné : Sabatier 23
Stock ID: 92558