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FRANCIS BACON PAR CARLOS FREIRE – This historic photographer exhibition in April was held in the historic Rue Jacob at the historic Galerie Dina Vierny, Paris. It comprised photographs of the historic and great painter Francis Bacon taken by the historic and great photographer Carlos Freire. It showed intense black and white photos of Francis Bacon in his historic, chaotic studio in South Kensington;also Bacon walking around Soho - London.
One of his portraits is amazing showing Bacon with a semi-black face.

Around me were the intelligentsia of France: Pierre Rosenberg ex Musee du Louvre, Jean-Lacques Aillagon ex Cultural Secretary of France, Regis Debray writer, J. B. Pontalis writer, Irene Fraim writer, Helene et Francois Mace de Lepirray Citte de Paris.

And, of course, the Parisian Art Institution; as well as the legendary muse, model and custodian of the legacy of Aristide Maillot. – DINA VIERNY. She is the founder of the Musee Maillot-Foundation Dina Vierny. She donated 20 of Maillot sculptures to France on exhibition at the Jardin des Tuileries.

The most important exhibition in Paris this spring featured Francis Bacon – Le Sacre et le Profane at the Musee Maillot – a huge success. People were queuing for hours in the street. I am a great admirer of Francis Bacon and his variation of the portrait of Pope Innocent X, originally by Velasquez.

Dina Vierny completed the celebration of Bacon in Paris with Francis Bacon par Carlos Freire.

The fabulous dinner with Dina Vierny left me giggling in disbelief. I underwent a personality change when I was shown my place at the table and found on my place-name that I was Vera’ (with accent) and married to a gentleman called Pouccet (?). Vera’ did have a memorable dinner.

The Monsieurs around Vera’ – including the husband for the evening – were all very amusing and even took Vera’ back home escorted by their lovely Cavalier dog. Not before Dina Vierny had commented about Vera’ colourful scarves and Vera’ nearly fainted at receiving such a compliment from her! She also has one of the most charming, handsome, gorgeous men of France as a son. Gosh, what a glorious night!

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