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EIGHT OF FRANCIS BACON'S PAINT BRUSHES
EIGHT OF FRANCIS BACON'S PAINT BRUSHES
EIGHT OF FRANCIS BACON'S PAINT BRUSHES
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EIGHT OF FRANCIS BACON'S PAINT BRUSHES

CIRCA 1969

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EIGHT OF FRANCIS BACON'S PAINT BRUSHES
CIRCA 1969
In a 'Batchelors Butter Beans' can, a hand-written label attached to one inscribed: 'Francis Bacon's paint brushes given to me 7th June 1978 by Francis Brushes used to paint the large studies of Lucian Freud, 1969', in a later perspex case
Case --- 16½ in. (41.5 cm.) high; 6½ in. (16.5 cm.) square
Together with a signed book Lorenza Trucchi, Francis Bacon, Thames & Hudson, 1976, inscribed in ink 'To Clive Barker with profound admiration Francis Bacon' (2)
Provenance
Given to Clive Barker by Francis Bacon in 1978.
With Finch & Co.
With Gordon Watson

Lot Essay

The present lot was gifted by Francis Bacon to Clive Barker, a fellow artist, in 1978. Barker had a working relationship with Bacon in the 60's & 70's with Barker casting a gilt-bronze life mask of Bacon in 1969 which can now be seen in the National Portrait Gallery.
The paintbrushes would no doubt have formed part of Bacon's Reece Mews studio in South Kensington where the iconic images of him surrounded by old canvases, cans of brushes and the walls daubed with paint have been documented by various photographers. Subsequently the lot was sold by the artist and found its way onto the television programme 'Four Rooms' on Channel Four where it was eventually sold to dealer Gordon Watson.

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