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Francis Bacon - Portrait of Sainsbury (Robert Sainsbury)

Bacon, Francis (1909 - 1992)
Portrait of Sainsbury (Robert Sainsbury)
England, 1955
Oil on canvas
h 114.7 x w 99.3 x d. 2.5 cm
© The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved. DACS 2014.

Robert and Lisa Sainsbury became Francis Bacon’s patrons in 1955 and for a short period they avidly collected his work. This portrait of Robert Sainsbury can be seen to relate to Bacon’s Businessmen series of the previous year, which also employed a degree of realism unusual in his work.

The blurred facial features and the perspective lines are recurring themes in Bacon’s portraits.

Lisa commissioned Bacon to paint this portrait of her husband (he did not normally work to commission) and, later, begin a series of sittings for the artist. Bacon produced some eight studies of Lisa; three of which are in the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection.

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