Francis Bacon

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This is the first extensive one-volume selection of Bacon's English writings in over 90 years. The latest addition to The Oxford Authors series, it includes all the major literary writings on which his reputation rests—the Advancement of Learning, the Essays (in their first and last versions), and the New Atlantis. It also includes sixteen other works not reprinted for over a century, which show Bacon's remarkable all-round abilities in politics, law, theology, and poetry. The selections are annotated in more ...

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Overview

This is the first extensive one-volume selection of Bacon's English writings in over 90 years. The latest addition to The Oxford Authors series, it includes all the major literary writings on which his reputation rests—the Advancement of Learning, the Essays (in their first and last versions), and the New Atlantis. It also includes sixteen other works not reprinted for over a century, which show Bacon's remarkable all-round abilities in politics, law, theology, and poetry. The selections are annotated in more detail than in any other edition, with particular emphasis on explaining Bacon's language.

The color-drenched canvases of one of Britains's foremost contemporary artists are reproduced in this volume..from his early paintings of the 1940's to his most recent work of 1987.

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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788434311909
  • Publisher: Poligrafa, Ediciones, S.A.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2008
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,462,207
  • Product dimensions: 8.68 (w) x 11.38 (h) x 0.97 (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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  • Posted July 14, 2009

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    Francis Bacon, full face and in profile

    Though many reviewers and critics of this new edition of a 1983 book published in Spanish by the same name and by the same author are angry with the presentation of the Bacon paintings included, the simple fact that Michel Leiris' fine essay on Bacon, possibly the finest ever written, is once again available to the public more than makes up for the quality of the reproductions of the art. Leiris was in many ways Bacon's confidant, a man and a writer with whom Bacon shared his inner most feelings and life and stimuli for the paintings he created. Leiris writes with a quiet authority, with an immensely readable style, and offers more information about the real Francis Bacon than others - and the list of Bacon authorities grows all the time.

    In this hardcover edition there is a quotation as a frontispiece that bears repeating. Georg Büchner: 'In everything I demand that there should be life, the possibility of existence, and then all is well; we are not then called upon to ask whether the work is beautiful or ugly. The feeling that what has been created has life comes before either consideration and is the only criterion in matters of art.' This, from the creator of 'Woyzeck'. After Leiris elegant essay the book contains a large number of Bacon's canvases. Even with less than perfect reproduction these works seem to take on new meaning, reflecting the information in Leiris' words.

    This particular reincarnation of the 1983 book includes a full chronology of Bacon's life, a list of all the interviews recorded and a very complete bibliography that includes catalogues from exhibitions and an updated listing of all the public collections of the artist's works. Despite the flaws of production this book is well worth owning, especially since the Leiris essay is not otherwise available. Grady Harp

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