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Black Portrait #14, 1991

Black Portrait #14, 1991
oversized dye-bleach print, printed 2003
signed, annoated 'HC' and numbered '5' in ink on reverse of aluminium flush-mount
49 x 49in. (124.5 x 124.5cm.)
With Marlborough Fine Art, London;
acquired by present owner.
Francis Giacobetti Francis Bacon, Marlborough Fine Art Ltd., London, 2003, n.p.
London, Marlborough Fine Art, Francis Giacobetti, 11 June -- 5 July 2003.
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Lot Essay

Giacobetti had long admired the work of Francis Bacon. When he eventually met Bacon in 1991, the artist was most co-operative with the photographer's requests. These led to a substantial and revelatory filmed interview and to Bacon's generous, collaborative participation in an extended photographic portrait session. Giacobetti used the series of sittings to create a sequence of metaphorical, evocative studies that captured the essence and aura of the painter rather than simply his physiognomy. The resulting pictures -- the last significant portraits of Bacon before his death in April 1992 -- were first shown in a dedicated exhibition at the Marlborough Fine Art gallery in London in 2003.

This print is from an edition of 3.

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