Francis Bacon: Painting in a Godless World

Francis Bacon: Painting in a Godless World

by Rina Arya
     
 
Despite his militant atheism, Francis Bacon (1909-1992) exploited the symbols of Christianity, especially the Crucifixion and the Pope, throughout his career. Rina Arya explains how the artist redeployed religious iconography both to show Christianity's untenability in the modern age and to convey an experience of the human condition, specifically animalism and

Overview

Despite his militant atheism, Francis Bacon (1909-1992) exploited the symbols of Christianity, especially the Crucifixion and the Pope, throughout his career. Rina Arya explains how the artist redeployed religious iconography both to show Christianity's untenability in the modern age and to convey an experience of the human condition, specifically animalism and mortality. Placing the work within the context of post-war philosophical preoccupations with the death of God, this refreshingly original book marks a new approach to appreciating the work of one of the leading artists of the 20th century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781848220447
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
04/28/2012
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 10.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Rina Arya is Reader in Visual Communication at the University of Wolverhampton. She has published a range of articles on Bacon which include discussions on his representations of the Crucifixion and the Pope, constructions of homosexuality in his work and the cultural aspects of Bacon's art. She is also editor of Francis Bacon: Critical and Theoretical Perspectives (2012) and Contemplations of the Spiritual in Art (2013)..

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