Francis Bacon Retrospective Exhibition Poster
Francis Bacon (1909-1992)
Grand Palais, Paris, October 1971
Poster depicts Study for Bullfight No.1 (1969)
Signed 'Francis Bacon' in felt-tip pen
Colour offset on wove stock
Published by Gordon House / Printed in Switzerland by Wolfensberger
17 x 29 ins / 72 x 43 cms
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Francis Bacon's retrospective at the Grand Palais (1971) was the triumphant high point of his career to date. It was following this exhibition that Bacon began to be described as Britain's 'greatest living painter'.
The evening before the retrospective opened to the public, Bacon's partner, George Dyer, took an overdose of barbiturates and was found dead in their hotel bathroom at the Hotel des Saint-Pères in Paris. Though devastated, Bacon continued with the retrospective and displayed powers of self-control 'to which few of us could aspire' . Bacon spent the remainder of his stay in Paris attending to promotional activities and funeral arrangements. He returned to London later that week.
Between 1972 and 1974 Bacon painted a series of three triptychs titled Black Triptych as 'an exorcism of his sense of loss'  following Dyer's suicide. Each triptych showing a view moments before, during and after Dyer's death.
 Russell, John. Francis Bacon. London: Thames and Hudson, 1993. ISBN 0-500-20271-0
 Dawson, Barbara; Sylvester, David. Francis Bacon in Dublin. London: Thames & Hundson, 2002. ISBN 0-500-28254-4