Monday, January 10, 2011

Cecil Beaton by Francis Bacon

Cecil Beaton in Group Portrait with Friends, about a portrait Francis Bacon painted of him in 1960; cited by Simon Ofield in his essay
Cecil Beaton: Designs on Francis Bacon (p. 33). A short while after it was finished Bacon destroyed the painting. Ofield writes:

Bacon rang Beaton and explained that he did not want him to have a painting he did not like. Beaton wrote in his diary that evening that
he was sorry the canvas was ‘destroyed and that there is no visible result from all those delightful, interesting and rare mornings’.

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