Portrait of Lucian Freud by Francis Bacon

Lucian Freud had been a close friend of Bacon's for many years.


Oil on canvas
198 x 137 cm
Art Fund grant:
£5,000 ( Total: £69,500)
Acquired in:
Lord Rendlesham

This early study is said to have been inspired by a photograph of Franz Kafka. It is one of the first works Bacon executed in Rodrigo Moynihan's studio at the Royal College of Art, where he did most of his painting during the next two years. The following year Freud painted a small portrait of Bacon now in the Tate.


Bought by Lord Rendlesham from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Frederickton, New Brunswick.

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