Crouching Nude, hidden date?

May 16, 2011

First auction of Bacon nude could fetch $15 million

Bacon’s 1961 oil on canvas “Crouching Nude” is one of his large-scale paintings and is feted for its ominous, brooding atmosphere in which the distorted female model grins grotesquely.

I was very disturbed by the apparent fact checking gap in your reporting of the sale of the Francis Bacon painting the crouching nude. The piece dates the work in 1961 and repeats that several times.

All the resources I can find date the work as 1952. I rely on your reporting to be accurate and well researched yet this looks like a case of internet quick reporting with little fact checking.

Please show me I am wrong. I will still be an avid reader of the service but now will fact check your work to insure accuracy. I am at present disappointed. in your editorial staff.


As far as I can see, everybody who has written about this sale, including the auction house,  has used the 1961 date.  I suspect for a $15 million painting, they generally try to get it right.

I do find references to another Bacon work, “Study for Crouching Nude,” which appears to have been done in 1952. Could that be what is confusing you? GBU Editor

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