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Francis Bacon

Five Decades
Bacon, Francis (Book - 2012)
Francis Bacon
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Twenty years after the artist's death, this new publication presents a timely and rich overview of the life and work of Francis Bacon. The book includes some 60 paintings as well as photographs, ephemera and archival material largely drawn from the artists studio. An introduction and four essays by international experts look at specific aspects of Bacon's work, from detailed analysis of archival material to a study of the influences of Marcel Duchamp. The paintings divide into a thematic chronology of five decades: the 1940s, which looks at the figure studies closely related to Bacon's famous Three studies for figures at the base of a crucifixion; the 1950s, where his work is informed by Velázquez and van Gogh, but is also dominated by ambiguous, shadowy figures in sombre tones; the 1960s and 70s, which focus on the portraits and subsequent memorials to Bacon's lover George Dyer, who died in 1971; the 1980s, while calmer and more naturalistic, reveal more haunted works which make reference to classical mythology and epic poetry. Each decade is defined by influences in his life and motifs which form part of an evolving pictorial language.
Authors: Bacon, Francis, 1909-1992
Title: Francis Bacon
five decades
Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. :, Art Gallery of New South Wales,, [2012]
Characteristics: 240 pages :,illustrations (chiefly color), portraits (chiefly color) ;,28 cm
Statement of Responsibility: edited by Anthony Bond ; with essays by Anthony Bond, Martin Harrison and Rebecca Daniels, Margarita Cappock, Ernst van Alphen
Notes: Published ... in association with the exhibition Francis Bacon: Five Decades Art Gallery of New South Wales 17 November 2012-24 February 2013
Summary: Twenty years after the artist's death, this new publication presents a timely and rich overview of the life and work of Francis Bacon. The book includes some 60 paintings as well as photographs, ephemera and archival material largely drawn from the artists studio. An introduction and four essays by international experts look at specific aspects of Bacon's work, from detailed analysis of archival material to a study of the influences of Marcel Duchamp. The paintings divide into a thematic chronology of five decades: the 1940s, which looks at the figure studies closely related to Bacon's famous Three studies for figures at the base of a crucifixion; the 1950s, where his work is informed by Velázquez and van Gogh, but is also dominated by ambiguous, shadowy figures in sombre tones; the 1960s and 70s, which focus on the portraits and subsequent memorials to Bacon's lover George Dyer, who died in 1971; the 1980s, while calmer and more naturalistic, reveal more haunted works which make reference to classical mythology and epic poetry. Each decade is defined by influences in his life and motifs which form part of an evolving pictorial language.
ISBN: 3791347586
9783791347585
1741740789
9781741740783
Branch Call Number: 759.2 B1285f 2012
Distributor: London :, Distributed in UK and Europe, Thames & Hudson :, Distributed in North America, Prestel Publishing,, [2012]
Copyright Date: ©2012
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Bacon, Francis, 1909-1992
LCCN: 2012517582
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