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Francis Bacon : five decades

Author: Francis BaconAnthony BondMartin HarrisonRebecca DanielsMargarita CappockAll authors
Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. : Art Gallery of New South Wales, London : Distributed in UK and Europe, Thames & Hudson : Distributed in North America, Prestel Publishing, [2012] 2012. ©2012
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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 artist's 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  Read more...
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Named Person: Francis Bacon; Francis Bacon
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Francis Bacon; Anthony Bond; Martin Harrison; Rebecca Daniels; Margarita Cappock; Ernst van Alphen
ISBN: 9781741740783 1741740789 9783791347585 3791347586
OCLC Number: 801605558
Notes: Published in association with the exhibition of the same title held at Art Gallery of New South Wales, 17 November 2012 - 24 February 2013.
Description: 240 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), portraits (chiefly color) ; 28 cm
Responsibility: edited by Anthony Bond ; with essays by Anthony Bond, Martin Harrison and Rebecca Daniels, Margarita Cappock, Ernst van Alphen.

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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 artist's 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.

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