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Portrait of Isabel Rawthorne Standing in a Street in Soho, 1967

Oil on canvas painting,housed in the Alte National Galerie, Berlin. Described by art critic John Russell as one of Bacon's finest works, it depicts Isabel Rawthorne, the painter, designer and occasional model for artists such as Andre Derain, Alberto Giacometti and Picasso.

Bacon met Isabel in the late 1940's, through Erica Brausen, who was exhibiting both artists in her Hanover Gallery in London. She was a great beauty with striking facial features and a magnetic personality. They became close friends and possibly lovers. He respected her greatly.

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