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Francis Bacon: The Complete Prints
Online 22 October - 5 November 2013

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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Royalty as a % of the portion of the sale price (in euro)

4% up to 50,000

3% between 50,000.01 and 200,000

1% between 200,000.01 and 350,000

0.50% between 350,000.01 and 500,000

over 500,000, the lower of 0.25% and 12,500 euro

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Conditions of Sale
This lot is offered by Christie Manson & Woods Ltd
© The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved. DACS 2013.