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A portrait of the artist by Francis Bacon

Artist:
Richard Hamilton (British, London 1922–2011 Oxfordshire)
Date:
1970–71
Medium:
Collotype and screenprint
Dimensions:
32 3/8 x 27 3/8 in. (82.2 x 69.5 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Purchase, Reba and Dave Williams Gift, 2000
Accession Number:
2000.396
Not on view
In 1969, at the end of a characteristically wine-soaked lunch at Robert Carrier’s London restaurant with the artist Francis Bacon (1909–1992), Hamilton asked Bacon to photograph him against the drapes of the dining room. The first exposure was blurry from Bacon’s tipsy handling of the Polaroid, but Hamilton found the image to have an affinity with Bacon’s distinctive style of painting. Working with oil on collotype copies of that portrait, Hamilton produced seven studies from which
Bacon was to select his favorite. He chose the seventh study in which Hamilton had covered the blurred curtains with a particularly Bacon-esque violet.
Inscription: Signed (lower right): R Hamilton; titled (lower left, under image): Portrait of the artist by Francis Bacon
[Alan Cristea Gallery, London, until 2000; sold to MMA]

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Richard Hamilton: Selected Prints from the Collection, 1970–2005," December 16, 2009–May 2, 2010, no catalogue.

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