Francis Bacon (1909-1992)
Study for a Bullfight no. 1
lithograph in colours, 1971, on Arches paper, signed and dedicated For Brigitte in green felt tip pen, numbered 21/150, published by Musée du Grand Palais, Paris, the full sheet, generally in good condition
Image: 1150 x 1265 mm.
Paper: 1202 x 1597 mm.

Bruno Sabatier, Francis Bacon: The Graphic Work, no. 10.
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The subject of the corrida was most likely explored by Bacon after his visits to the South of France and Spain where he would have had the opportunity of encountering the bullfight first hand. This, combined with his admiration for Picasso’s work, in particular Tauromachie, would have encouraged him to paint this subject.

In 1969, Bacon painted Study for a bullfight no. 1 and Second version of study for a bullfight. Two years later, in 1971, on the occasion of Bacon’s retrospective in the Grand Palais, Paris, a large lithograph was published based on the painting.

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