Monday, September 11, 2017

Bacon’s lost Pope to be offered during Frieze Week in London

Francis Bacon, Head with Raised Arm, 1955. Oil on Canvas. 24 x 20 in (61 x 50.7 cm). Estimate: £7,000,000-10,000,000. This work is offered in the Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction on 6 October 2017 at Christie’s London. © The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved / DACS, London / ARS, New York 2017
LONDON---Last exhibited in 1962, Francis Bacon’s Head with Raised Arm (1955) will be be offered in Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction, a highlight of London’s Frieze Week auctions in October. According to writer, art historian and curator Michael Peppiatt, ‘Bacon’s Popes are not only the centrepiece of all his paintings in the 1950s, but a centrepiece of the whole of 20th-century art.’ Last exhibited in 1962 at the Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna, Turin, Head with Raised Arm (1955) was acquired by the present owners in the following year, and has remained hidden from public view ever since. The work’s location was listed as ‘unknown’ in the most recent version of Francis Bacon’s catalogue raisonné, edited by Martin Harrison and published last year. [More]