Triptych, May-June 1973
Painted in memory of Bacon’s lover George Dyer who committed suicide on 24 October 1971. The triptych is a portrait of the moments before Dyer’s death from an overdose of pills in their hotel room.
Bacon was haunted and preoccupied by Dyer’s loss for the remaining years of his life and painted many works based on both the actual suicide and the events of its aftermath. He admitted to friends that he never fully recovered, describing the 1973 triptych as an exorcism of his feelings of loss and guilt.
One of my all time favourite paintings of Francis Bacon;
Diego Velazquez ‘Pope Innocent X’ 1650 of which Bacon based his ‘Study after Velazquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X’ 1953.
Jean-Michel Basquiat - Six Crimee, 1982
Keith Haring painting Grace Jones, 1984. Photograph by Andy Warhol.
source: the Red List
artforeveryone: Keith Haring - Untitled, 1981
Leon Golub: Mercenaries I (1976) Broad Art Foundation