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Francis Bacon Exhibition Poster 1966

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This poster was produced on the occasion of the second ever Francis Bacon solo exhibition in Paris, held at the Galerie Maeght in 1966 (his legendary Grand Palais retrospective followed in 1971). Bacon created numerous so-called “Lying Figure” paintings – including, famously, some with hypodermic syringes in their arm, taking as model perhaps his doomed lover George Dyer.

The Galerie Maeght show included 17 of the artist’s works and resulted in a special edition of the review Derrière le Miroir with an introduction by Michel Leiris, a friend of Bacon’s and a leading authority on his works. It took place during the artist’s finest period, the 1960s, when he synthesised the near-total abstraction of the figure with visceral flesh, corporeal pigment and an electric palette.

Made in Paris. Imprimerie Arte.
Lithographic print 45 x 71 cm
Galerie Maeght
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Galerie Maeght

The historic gallery channels a family saga founded on a devotion to art and artists 

The leading lights of 20th-century European sculpture – Braque, Mirò, Giacometti – all grace the roster of the glittering Galerie Maeght, which was founded in Cannes in 1936 by dealer Aimé Maeght, gaining a Paris foothold a decade later, as well as historic printing press ARTE. Together with his wife Marguerite, in 1964, Aimé launched the Fondation Maeght in Saint-Paul de Vence, on the French Riviera – France’s very first private art foundation, and a major cultural attraction in its own right.

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