This volume provides invaluable insight into the life and works of Francis Bacon, the quintessential British Expressionist painter
This volume provides invaluable insight into the life and works of Francis Bacon, the quintessential British Expressionist painter.
The art of Francis Bacon (1909–1992) epitomizes the angst at the heart of the modern human condition. His dramatic images of screaming figures and distorted anatomies are painted with a richly gestural technique, alluding to such Old Masters as Titian, Velázquez and Rembrandt. Displaying repressed and raw emotion, his body of work includes portraits of Lucian Freud and John Deakin.
Size: 245 x 172 mm (9 5/8 x 6 3/4 in)
Pages: 144 pp
Illustrations: 120 illustrations
Martin Hammer is the author of two important scholarly books on the artist, Bacon and Sutherland (2005) and Francis Bacon and Nazi Propaganda (2012). He also curated the exhibition ‘The Naked Portrait’ at the National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh in 2007. He is Professor of History and Philosophy of Art at the University of Kent.
Contents and Sections:
A modern master
Focus 1: The Sylvester interviews
Focus 2: Bacon and Existentialism
Focus 3: Photographic sources
Focus 4: Painting, 1946
Focus 5: The Screaming Mouth
Focus 6: Sergei Eisenstein
Focus 7: The Pope Pictures
Focus 8: Portraits: 'The Living Quality'
Focus 9: Crucifixions
Later years, 1970-92
Focus 10: Bacon's studio
List of works