Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon

by Brian Vickers
     
 

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This affordable and generous selection from the work of Francis Bacon (1909-1992) offers text by a wide range of critics, and provides an invaluable introduction to Britain's greatest post-war painter. The continued fascination in Bacon's work is examined in detail here, as is a biographical chronology of the artist's life and career. Largely self-taught, Bacon…  See more details below

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This affordable and generous selection from the work of Francis Bacon (1909-1992) offers text by a wide range of critics, and provides an invaluable introduction to Britain's greatest post-war painter. The continued fascination in Bacon's work is examined in detail here, as is a biographical chronology of the artist's life and career. Largely self-taught, Bacon nevertheless had a voracious visual appetite for the history of painting, and his place within that history is made evident by this amply illustrated volume.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Bacon's menacing pictures of twisted human torsos, rabid dogs and dismembered men stranded amid carcasses made him a fashionable painter in the 1960s. But what has he been doing in the '80s? As this concise retrospective reveals, the British painter's obsessions and methods have scarcely changed. In his recent pictures, water from a running tap becomes a torrential cyclone; Mick Jagger's face is a cry of despair; a bloodstain on a floor plank suspended in space shocks and outrages; distorted human figures, set against pastel or bright-orange backdrops, perplex. This album combines 155 color reproductions with a perceptive 15-page essay by French ethnographer Leiris who explores Bacon's use of distortions, jazz-like breaks and empty spaces in canvases fraught with good and evil. He aptly compares Bacon's paintings to flash photographs that transform banal details into disturbing presences. (June)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192541987
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/25/1996
Series:
Oxford Authors Series
Pages:
854
Product dimensions:
5.88(w) x 8.75(h) x 1.93(d)

Meet the Author

About the Editor: Brian Vickers is Professor of English Literature and Director of the Centre for Renaissance Studies at Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule, Zurich.

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