Francis Bacon : revelations

2021, Book , xiv, 880 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates :
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Summary/Review: "A decade in the making: the first comprehensive look at the life and art of Francis Bacon, one of the most iconic painters of the 20th century--from more...
Summary/Review: "A decade in the making: the first comprehensive look at the life and art of Francis Bacon, one of the most iconic painters of the 20th century--from the Pulitzer-prize-winning authors of de Kooning: An American Master. Francis Bacon created an indelible image of mankind in modern times, and played an outsized role in both English art and life--from his public emergence with his legendary Triptych of 1944 (its images "so unrelievedly awful" that people fled the gallery), to his death in Madrid in 1992. He was a free spirit and unabashed homosexual at a time when many others remained closeted, and his exploits were as unforgettable as his images. He moved between the worlds of London's Soho and East End, the literary salons of London and Paris, the homosexual underground of Spain, the south of France, Tangier, and cities everywhere. Through hundreds of interviews, and extensive new research, the authors probe Bacon's childhood in Ireland (he earned his father's lasting disdain because his asthma prevented him from hunting), his developing homosexuality; his early design career--never before explored in detail; the formation of his artistic vision; to his early failure as an artist; his uneasy relationship to American abstract art; his improbable late emergence onto the international stage as one of the great visionaries of modern art. In all, Francis Bacon: Revelations gives us a more complete and nuanced--and more international--portrait than ever before of this singularly private, darkly funny, eruptive man and his equally eruptive, extraordinary art"--
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