"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." ~George Bernard Shaw

"Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time." ~Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Magpie #200 Two Friends

Self-portrait by Francis Bacon 

Two close friends
Shared their love of painting 
Now laugh uproariously
Over money spent
Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon met in 1945. An intense bond quickly
developed between these two giants of post-war British painting.
It was inevitable that each would soon appear in the other's paintings.
Francis Bacon's painting  "Three Studies of Lucian Freud" recently
set the record as the most expensive piece of art ever auctioned,
selling for $142,405,000.
Francis Bacon died April 28, 1992 and Lucian Freud died July 20, 2011. 

Three Studies of Lucian Freud   Francis Bacon

Oil portrait of Francis Bacon   Lucian Freud

Thanks once again to Tess Kincaid for 
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  1. I would paint a dream for that much money!

    Well said.

  2. Nicely put, Kathe! I still can't believe I'm reading that amount of money for art's namesake!!

  3. Definitely two great artists, thank you very much. Happy 2014! Leovi.

  4. Ah, that's for that information about the subject. Well composed.

  5. Impressive amount of money for that artwork. Hard to believe! Thanks for the info.

  6. Wow, that's a hunk of change indeed.

    Have a fabulous day. ♥♥♥

  7. Anonymous4:49 PM

    I learned something new! How does the song go? art for art's sake.... money for god's sake... ~ M

  8. Interesting facts thanks for sharing along with your poem..I guess they
    will be always be remembered.

  9. I understand the Bacon triptych is on view in Portland. I'd better go see it while I can.

  10. Your love of art shines through..excellent presentation..thank you...and Happy New Year!

  11. Interesting take on the prompt...

  12. What the interesting facts! Thanks for sharing! Happy New Year!

  13. Excellent post...outrageous auction!

  14. Very interesting studies, and i'm always amazed by such prices.

  15. Ok, missy ... are we talking Russell and Kathe ... or Bacon and friend? Happy New Year you two!

  16. Interesting story. I bet they are laughing(but not as hard as the auctioneers)!


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