MIROIR DE LA TAUROMACHIE (Bullfighting Mirror), illustrated by Francis Bacon


Michel LEIRIS - MIROIR DE LA TAUROMACHIE (Bullfighting Mirror).
Edited by Daniel Lelong 1990.
Full sheets, 56 pages. Paper cover, printed canvas-covered box bearing the title.
Four original lithographs by Francis Bacon, signed by the artist.
The portrait : 25,2 x 21 cm (10 x 8-1/4 in.). The three others: 48 x 36 cm (18-3/4 x 14 in.).
Printing of 150 examples on Arches vellum, this version bears the number 49.
Overall, very good condition, faint surface dirt.
The text of Michel Leiris was originally illustrated by André Masson, Bacon executed four lithographs for this fundamental text in which Michel Leiris affirmed that "no beauty would be possible without the intervention of something accidental".
The accident is one component of Bacon's work, who created the first three lithographs in a sand-colored bullfighting arena bounded by an orange background and the crowd intently observing the confrontation of man and the bull. The fourth lithograph is a portrait of Michel Leiris represented by Bacon through the eyes of a strong and growing friendship between the artist and writer.

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