Published by Michel Archimbaud for the Librairie Sequier for IRCAM - Centre Pompidou, and printed by Art Estampe, Paris, on Arches paper on 3 separate sheets
Second version of triptych 1944, 1988, is a reworking of Three Studies for FIgures at the Base of a Crucifixion, 1944, Bacon's most widely known triptych, and the one which established his reputation as England's foremost post-war painters.
In 1988, Bacon completed this near copy of the Three Studies. At 78 × 58 inches, this second version is over twice the size of the original, while the orange background has been replaced by a blood-red hue.
The Tate Gallery display caption reads :
"Part man, part beast, these howling creatures first appeared in Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion, which Bacon painted during the Second World War. One critic described that picture as a reflection of 'the atrocious world into which we have survived'. Bacon identified his distorted figures with the vengeful Greek Furies, while the title places them in the Christian context of the crucifixion. In this version, painted in 1988, Bacon changed the background colour from orange to blood red, and placed more space around the figures, plunging them into a deep void.