Francis Bacon: 1909-1992

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Deep beneath the surfaces of things

Francis Bacon (1909-1992) possessed the rare ability to transform unconscious compulsions into figurative, human-like forms that seem to evoke the raw emotions that bore them. Mixing realism and abstraction, Bacon delves deep beneath the surfaces of things, opening up the human body to reveal the chaos that lies within and struggling with all that is inexplicable. Erotic and grotesquely beautiful is the work of this legendary painter whose ...

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Overview

Deep beneath the surfaces of things

Francis Bacon (1909-1992) possessed the rare ability to transform unconscious compulsions into figurative, human-like forms that seem to evoke the raw emotions that bore them. Mixing realism and abstraction, Bacon delves deep beneath the surfaces of things, opening up the human body to reveal the chaos that lies within and struggling with all that is inexplicable. Erotic and grotesquely beautiful is the work of this legendary painter whose haunting, distorted figures have inspired entire generations of painters who seek to emulate his highly original style.

About the Series:

Each book in TASCHEN’s Basic Art Series features:

  • a detailed chronological summary of the life and oeuvre of the artist, covering his or her cultural and historical importance
  • a concise biography
  • approximately 100 colour illustrations with explanatory captions


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783822821985
  • Publisher: Taschen America, LLC
  • Publication date: 10/15/2003
  • Series: Basic Art Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 638,510
  • Product dimensions: 7.84 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Luigi Ficacci studied art history in Rome under Giulio Carlo Argan. For many years, he was curator at the Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica in Rome and lectured at various Italian universities. Since 2007, he has been Bologna's general museum director (Soprintendente ai Beni Culturali). The focal points of his research work are the issues raised by 17th and 18th century and contemporary Italian and European art.

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Table of Contents

"My whole life goes into my work" The Poetics of Francis Bacon 6
"Obsessed by life" The Expression of Horror 12
"The sensation without the boredom of its conveyance" The Human Body 30
"Painting is the most artificial of the arts" The Scene of the Tragedy 56
"The living quality" Portraits 70
"I think of myself as a maker of images" Sources of Inspiration 80
Biography 88
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2005

    Succinct yet Inclusive Biography of Francis Bacon through his Art

    Luigi Ficacci in his Taschen book FRANCIS BACON: 1909 - 1992 has managed to give us a short survey in words about the particular genius of Francis Bacon, but at the same time presents a solid framework in which to study the primary comtibutions of Bacon's output by focusing on eleven of the most important works. And while the bookstore shelves have many fine expensive surveys of all of Bacon's works, this little book is a gift to the student whose pocketbook would be stretched as much as the shelf weight by those greater volumes! Ficacci's writing style is a bit dry, but his points are well made and even better related to the paintings he emphasizes. His work divides Bacon's obsessions into chapters on 'The Poetics of Bacon', 'The Expression of Horror', 'The Human Body', 'The Scene of Tragedy', 'The Portraits', and 'Sources of Inspiration'. Ficacci crowns his book with one of the finest capsulized biographies in print: each phase of Bacon's amazing career is played out in terse paragraphs as a timeline. Though Ficacci dwells on eleven paintings, this book includes fine reproductions of most of Bacon's works from the earliest to the last, with many little inclusions of works rarely seen in other books. For a superb introduction to one of the 20th century's most influential artists in a readable and affordable scale, this book is among the top choices. Grady Harp

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