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Francis Bacon or the Measure of Excess

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'It considers the influences drawn from classical culture and mythology, and the artist’s own biography, to build a complex portrait of one of the 20th century’s greatest artists' - Art Society

A thoroughly illustrated and riveting monograph of Francis Bacon 

This comprehensive monograph details Bacon's artistic journey, from his early design work in the 1920s to his disturbing, emotive triptychs of the 1980s.

Tormented, twisted, and jarringly dissonant, Bacon's divided vision of the world swung between civilisation and barbarism, beauty and ugliness, life and death. His study of classical culture and western mythology led him to depict darkly sublime worlds of violence and madness that intrigue as much as they evoke visceral disgust.

This monograph begins with a biography, relating the life of Francis Bacon, his stories and inspirations; before delving into a sharp analysis of his work. Peyré's personal connection with Bacon makes Francis Bacon a detailed and touching story, inviting the reader on a philosophical, poetic and artistic stroll through the artist's mind.

Details
  • Author: Yves Peyre
  • Hardcover: 328 pages | 130 colour illustrations
  • Date published: October 2020
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1788840996
  • Product Dimensions: 29 x 24 cm
Reviews

'It considers the influences drawn from classical culture and mythology, and the artist’s own biography, to build a complex portrait of one of the 20th century’s greatest artists' - Art Society

'A riveting new monograph vividly reminds of just why he considered his exigent artistic mission to be the rendering of the "brutality of fact".'  - Black Book Magazine

'A new comprehensive monograph detailing Francis Bacon's artistic journey is now up for grabs.' - Hypebeast

'Starting with a biography and including sharp artistic analysis, the 160-page monograph, which is printed in highly saturated color, gives readers a glimpse into Bacon’s process and his mind.' - NY Magazine