An artist’s conception: Francis Bacon’s studio

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Last week, Francis Bacon’s triptych of painter and peer Lucian Freud sold at Christie’s auction house in New York for an astounding $142.4m dollars (€105.8m), breaking the previously held record for most paid for a painting at an auction, Edvard Munch’s “The Scream,” which fetched almost $120m at Sotheby’s last year.

Francis Bacon is a Dublin born figurative painter whose work is famous for being bold and emotionally raw. Bacon died in 1992, and in 1998 the Hugh Lane Gallery was donated the contents of his chaotic studio in South Kensington, London. The studio was painstakingly reconstructed and opened to the public in 2001.

In honour of Bacon’s high profile auction sale, Thecity headed to the Hugh Lane gallery, to take a look at the place where the creative process all began.

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