Two self-portraits by artist Francis Bacon will shortly go on show for the first time. Unseen by the public. Unappreciated maybe by the collector?. Although experts knew the works by the late painter existed, they had no idea who had bought them.
Descendants of the original owner have decided to sell the paintings, which are expected to fetch up to £15m each.
The artworks are titled Self-Portrait 1975 and Three Studies for Self-Portrait (1980).
This is now our opportunity to appreciate these hidden gems of art. BBC News report that the paintings will fetch a value of £30 million.
But we can now all enjoy and experience the work. For a short time. Soon it will be under the hammer at Sotheby's and then back into the grips of another collector and possibly out of our gaze to enjoy.
"Should art be accessible to the public as a matter of law?"
Other rediscovered paintings have come from artists such as Van Gogh, Salvador Dali ( Gift to Rickers Island), Leonardo da Vinci, and Renbrandt. There are many more from famous artists sitting in dust and dark away from our view.
During World War II, the nazis stole countless works of art to hide for Hitlers LINZ MUSEUM. The film of the heroes "Monuments men" tell the story. Yet again, the art subjected to an individual and surpressed from being viewed.
Surely as an artist we create for all to experience, angage and hopefully, enjoy. It is our gift. If this is caged and only visable to a selective audience, then it defeats a large part of our wish to create art.
Maybe I am wrong?. Let me know your opinion please.