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Francis Bacon:Figure at a Washbasin
Figure at a Washbasin , 1978
Etching and aquatint on Arches paper
Edition of 46, signed
67.5 x 52 cm

Francis Bacon’s 'Figure at a Washbasin' (1978) was specially produced for 'Requiem pour la Fin des Temps', a book illustrated by Bacon, Henry Moore, Hans Hartung, Sebastian Matta and Eddy Batache.

This work is ultimately mysterious: it might allude to the death of Dyer, Bacon’s infamous lover, depicted as 'spewing up his soul' in a washbasin in his hotel room in Paris, a few days before the opening of Bacon’s 1971 retrospective at the Grand Palais.

The figure’s contortion and distortion, combined with the strong plasticity of the composition as a whole, help this work to evoke Bacon’s turbulent inner life, and his reflections on both the material world and the ethereal.

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