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At the end of this month, Sotheby’s London will be offering an important painting by Francis Bacon. Three Studies of Isabel Rawsthorne is a portrait of Bacon’s great friend, muse and artistic contemporary.
Painted in 1966, the portrait marks the second great peak in
Bacon’s career. The triptych portrait demonstrates how the artist navigated the threshold of abstraction and figuration.