- This magnet set features a reproduction of Francis Bacon's oil and sand painting on three canvases, Triptych August 1972.
- Set of three 2.5 x 3.5 inch magnets
- Item #: MAGBCN3
This work is part of a series of so-called 'Black Triptychs,' which followed the suicide of Bacon’s longtime lover, George Dyer, in 1971. Here, Dyer appears on the left and Bacon himself is on the right. The image on the central panel is derived from a photograph of wrestlers by Eadweard Muybridge, whose pictures of the body in motion were a recurring source in Bacon’s painting from the early 1950s. The entangled figures suggest a sexual encounter but may also represent a struggle between life and death. Both the seated figures and their coupling are set against deep black voids. Bacon used the triptych format, he said, to prevent the appearance of a narrative.
Triptych August 1972
Francis Bacon (British, born Ireland, 1909–1992)
Oil and sand on three canvases, 198.1 × 147.3 cm (78 × 58 in.)
Tate: Purchased 1980
Photo © Tate, London 2016
Artwork © The Estate of Francis Bacon
All Rights Reserved. / DACS, London / ARS, NY 2016