About the film
About the painting
As Bacon’s work moved from the extreme subject matter of his early paintings to portraits of friends in the mid-1960s, George Dyer became a dominating presence in the artist’s work. Bacon’s treatment of his lover in these canvases emphasised his subject’s physicality while remaining uncharacteristically tender. More than any other of the artist’s close friends portrayed during this period, Dyer came to feel inseparable from his effigies. The paintings gave him stature, a raison d’etre, and offered meaning to what Bacon described as Dyer’s “brief interlude between life and death”. Many critics have cited Dyer’s portraits as favourites, including Michel Leiris and Lawrence Gowing. Read more: Wikipedia.
The painting appears in room where Mall and Dom discus about their ‘accidental meeting’.