- This magnet features a reproduction of Francis Bacon's oil painting, Portrait of George Dyer Riding a Bicycle.
- Dimensions of magnet: 2 x 3 inches
- Dimensions of packaging: 4 3/8 x 5 1/2 inches
- Item #: MAG071
Bacon’s portrait of his friend and lover George Dyer is a particularly strong example of his complex manner of painting. Bacon depicts Dyer riding his bicycle as if he were traversing a high wire through a space that resembles a circus arena. As often in Bacon’s work, the visual momentum of the figure’s movement is suddenly interrupted, its reliability cast into doubt. Dyer’s face seems suddenly to shift from being in profile, which remains visible as a frozen shadow, to a frontal position. The twisted ovals of the wheels appear to be spinning in all directions. Typically, Bacon disrupts the painting process to bring unanticipated, unfamiliar elements to the fore.
Portrait of George Dyer Riding a Bicycle
Francis Bacon (British, born Ireland, 1909–1992)
Oil on canvas, 198 × 147.5 cm (77 15 /16 × 58 1 /16 in.)
Fondation Beyeler, Riehen / Basel, Beyeler Collection
Photo: Peter Schibli
Basel Artwork © The Estate of Francis Bacon
All Rights Reserved. / DACS, London / ARS, NY 2016