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The Art of Francis Bacon
Francis Bacon is the essential British painter of the twentieth century. From the end of the Second World War until his death in 1992, he created an extraordinary body of intense and uncompromising figure paintings and portraits. Drawing on diverse influences including Picasso, Velasquez’s portrait of Pope Innocent X, the photographs of Eadweard Muybridge and Sergei Eisenstein’s film Battleship Potemkin, Bacon undertook a pitiless analysis in painting of himself and his friends, of the human body, and of our place in a godless universe.
This film explores many of his key canvases which have been newly filmed in HDTV. The works are complemented solely with Bacon’s own words, recorded by Derek Jacobi. The artist’s biography is outlined, but the focus is on his ideas: his thoughts about his work, his reflections about how and why he paints.
The result is a rigorous and revealing portrait of one of the few artists who has truly changed the way we see and understand ourselves.
More on our blog:
Back to Bacon July 21 2008 (link on website doesn’t work)
Interviews with Francis Bacon
Thames & Hudson, 1987 (Third Edition)
Looking Back at Francis Bacon
Thames & Hudson, 2000
Francis Bacon: Portraits and Heads
Martine Hammer, Paul Bailey
National Galleries of Scotland, 2005
In Camera, Francis Bacon: Photography, Film and the Practice of Painting
Thames & Hudson, 2005
Francis Bacon in the 1950s
Yale University Press, 2006
Francis Bacon: The Violence of the Real
Peter Burger, Maria Muller and Armin Zweite
Thames & Hudson, 2006