365 Days of Art: October 24 – Frida Writes a Letter About Diego’s Affair, Bacon’s Love Commits Suicide

Friday y Diego, circa 1931 in San Francisco
Friday y Diego, circa 1931 in San Francisco

October 24, 1934

Frida writes to her pal and confidante, Dr. Eloesser:

I have suffered so much in three months that it is going to be difficult for me to feel completely well soon but I have done everything I can to forget what happened between Diego and me [referring to his affair with her sister Cristina] and to live again as before”.

Francis Bacon, Triptych, May - June 1973, 1973
Francis Bacon, Triptych, May – June 1973, 1973

October 24, 1971

George Dyer, Francis Bacon’s longtime love, commits suicide, just before the opening of Bacon’s retrospective at Paris’ Grand Palais. His death, by a deliberate overdose of pills in their hotel room, inspires Bacon to paint Triptych, May–June 1973, a portrait of Dyer’s last moments.

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