1934 - 1971
Bacon’s relationship with George Dyer, whom he met in late 1963, was stormy and ultimately proved tragic. Two days before the opening of the Francis Bacon Retrospective at the Grand Palais in Paris in 1971, Dyer was found dead from a drink and drugs overdose in the bathroom of the Hotel des Saint-Pères in Paris. Bacon painted portraits of Dyer obsessively, both during his life and after Dyer’s death. Triptych May—June 1973 confronts the moment of Dyer’s death.