Bacon painting fetches record price

$142 million.  How many people would that feed in the Philippines?bacon painting

 

Worlds Apart

Cataclysmic waves of bidding lash the auction floor.
The rising tide of price hits home
as furied pressure takes its toll.

The dollar surges knock the bidders flat.
Each hammer blow destroys the hopes
of oh so many billionaires.

Millions hunger in the Philippines
whilst Bacon painting fetches record price
in opulent obscenity.

 

12th November 2013 – headline from the BBC

Notes:  “Bacon painting fetches record price.”  A painting by Francis Bacon of his friend and fellow artist Lucian Freud has become the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction after it fetched $142m (£89m, 106m euros) in New York.  The triptych, Three Studies of Lucian Freud (1969), is considered one of Bacon’s greatest masterpieces.  It was sold after six minutes of fierce bidding, Christie’s auction house said. Francis Outred, head of Post-War and Contemporary Art at Christie’s Europe, said the work was “a true masterpiece and one of the greatest paintings to come up for auction in a current generation”.  “It marks Bacon and Freud’s relationship, paying tribute to the creative and emotional kinship between the two artists,” he added.  The pair met in 1945 and became close companions, painting each other on a number of occasions, before their relationship cooled during the 1970s.

 

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4 thoughts on “Bacon painting fetches record price

  1. Pherecrates is having fun up mountains high
    If only he knew millions hunger in the Philippines
    Ahh, but he does, and whilst the man writes at a keyboard, others are giving their time, money, not bone-dry words

    Is there any more of an opulent obscenity than facing the sky, sun, and the deeds of other men, whilst ignoring one’s own?

  2. Fol-de-rol, thirdnews.
    From your glasshouse cut the lights, douse peripheral sound
    and listen …….. listen ………. listen ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
    What you hear is not the answer.
    Now join me on a mountain high and SHOUT OBSCENITY.
    Shout loud so some may hear
    and light the beacon of dissent
    that may circle the world
    and make a difference.

    • Susurrate soothly

      Oh pherecrates1, Oh pherecrates1, Oh pherecrates1,
      All man are coxcombically cursed

      Yes, rich men more so, but their affliction is our salvation?

      Oh pherecrates1, Oh pherecrates1, Oh pherecrates1,
      Is it a greater bêtise for an assoted man to love and house art,
      or the philogynous death of vased till death flowers?

      Oh pherecrates1, Oh pherecrates1, Oh pherecrates1,
      Nothing worth saying, cannot be whispered

      • Courage mon brave.
        If I had a hundred million dollars, I know what I’d do
        and I wouldn’t spend it on a painting, would you?

        Join me, thirdnews.
        If not shouting from a mountain high
        then whispering from my quadraplegic bed
        or in the Philippines instead,
        helping at a feeding station, doling food
        amid the rubbled devastation of Tacloban.
        Or on Sri Lanka’s shores once tsunami swept,
        or in the war zones
        of Iraq and Syria, Afghanistan
        where widows wept at death.
        Or in the tragic loss of Senghenydd.

        Join me, thirdnews.
        Be a man (or woman).
        Take a stand.
        Hold your weapon in your hand
        and fight against injustice,
        the insanity of war,
        the obscenity of the power of rich over poor,
        the calamity of hunger, thirst,
        the irresistibility of disease.
        Join me please thirdnews
        condemning these.

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