Francis Bacon

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Gilles Deleuze was one of the most influential and revolutionary philosophers of the twentieth century. Francis Bacon: The Logic of Sensation is his long-awaited work on Bacon,widely regarded as one of the most radical painters of the twentieth century.The book presents a deep engagement with Bacon's work and the nature of art. Deleuze analyzes the distinctive innovations that came to mark Bacon's style: the isolation of the figure, the violation deformations of the flesh, the complex use of color, the method of chance, and the use of the triptych form. Along the way, Deleuze introduces a number of his own famous concepts, such as the 'body without organs' and the 'diagram,' and contrasts his own approach to painting with that of both the phenomenological and the art historical traditions.Deleuze links Bacon's work to CTzanne's notion of a 'logic' of sensation, which reaches its summit in color and the 'coloring sensation.' Investigating this logic, Deleuze explores Bacon's crucial relation to past painters such as Velasquez, CTzanne, and Soutine, as well as Bacon's rejection of expressionism and abstract painting.Long awaited in translation, Francis Bacon is destined to become a classic philosophical reflection on the nature of painting.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Iconoclastic French philosopher Deleuze (1925-95) wrote this series of anti-analytical essays on specific paintings by his apparent muse, Francis Bacon, as the thinker began to formulate his approach to other aesthetic subjects (including cinema and literature). The French edition of this work, first published in 1981, came out in two volumes: the essays included here and a companion that printed the paintings discussed in these essays. The American publisher has done a disservice to both author and reader by failing to supply the images to accompany the essays. While publishing plates would have been costly, making arrangements for a companion web site is a technique other publishers have used successfully to amplify print text in our age. Nevertheless, Deleuze's developing style is well demonstrated by these essays, the translation of which maintains the philosopher's exacting use of syntax and tone to connote nonrational ideas clearly. Art historians as well as scholars of 20th-century intellectual history will find this a rich mine of original thought. Collection developers, however, should be sure that the appropriate Bacon images are available to potential readers.-Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley P.L., CA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826466471
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 4/22/2003
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Gilles Deleuze was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris VIII.

Daniel W. Smith is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Purdue University, USA. He has translated books by Gilles Deleuze, Pierre Klossowski and Isabelle Stengers.

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Table of Contents

Translator's Introduction
Deleuze on Bacon: Three Conceptual Trajectories in The Logic of Sensation
Author's Introduction to the English Edition
Preface 3
1 The Round Area, the Ring 5
2 Note on Figuration in Past Painting 10
3 Athleticism 13
4 Body, Meat, and Spirit: Becoming-Animal 19
5 Recapitulative Note: Bacon's Periods and Aspects 25
6 Painting and Sensation 31
7 Hysteria 39
8 Painting Forces 48
9 Couples and Triptychs 55
10 Note: What Is a Triptych? 62
11 The Painting before Painting 71
12 The Diagram 81
13 Analogy 91
14 Painters Recapitulate the History of Painting in Their Own Way 99
15 Bacon's Trajectory 109
16 Note on Color 116
17 The Eye and the Hand 124
Afterword: A Politics of Fact and Figure 130
Notes 151
List of Paintings 169
Index 175
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