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Francis Bacon : painting in a Godless world

Author: Rina Arya; Francis Bacon
Publisher: Farnham : Ashgate/Lund Humphries, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Setting out to account for Francis Bacon's prolific, and indeed obsessive, use of religious symbols, Rina Ayra asserts how the artist redeployed religious iconography not to uphold the Christian narrative, nor to express his atheism, but to convey spritual truths about the human condition that were especially pertinent in post-war years.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Francis Bacon; Francis Bacon; Francis Bacon
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rina Arya; Francis Bacon
ISBN: 9781848220447 1848220448
OCLC Number: 751835413
Awards: Long-listed for William M. B. Berger Prize for British Art History 2013
Description: 176 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Setting the scene : The experience of violence ; The translation of violence in art ; Family life and homosexuality ; Entry into the art world ; Bacon's salvation ; Bacon's anthropological vision --
Bacon's godless world : The death of God ; Transgressing the symbol ; Bacon and existentialism ; Untermensch: the subhuman species ; The vitality of Bacon's art --
The crucifixion : The crucifixion ion Western art ; Bacon's earliest depiction of the crucifixion ; Crucifixion triptychs : Three studies for figures at the base of a crucifixion; Fragments of a crucifixion; The crucifixion triptychs of the 1960s ; The crucifixion as self-portrait ; Returning to the foot of the cross --
The pope : The papal images ; Valázquez's Portrait of Pope Innocent X ; Study after Velázquez's Portrait of Pope Innocent X ; The source of the scream ; The pope as everyman --
The triptych : The religious triptych ; Bacon's choice of the triptych form ; Points of continuity and discontinuity ; The black triptychs ; Three crucifixion triptychs ; Subverting the triptych --
The body : Alien forms ; The distorted body : Resisting the closed body; Fragmentation; Subverting the 'normal' functioning body ; The animal in the human ; The spirit and the body --
The sacred and the profane : The sacred and the profane ; The sacred and profane in Bacon scholarship: framing Bacon ; Rethinking the sacred and the profane ; Consecrating the body --
Conclusion: The religious dimensions of Francis Bacon.
Other Titles: Painting in a Godless world
Responsibility: Rina Arya.

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Despite his militant atheism, Francis Bacon (1909-1992) exploited the symbols of Christianity, especially the Crucifixion and the Pope, throughout his career. Rina Arya explains how the artist  Read more...

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'Rina Arya's book fills a void in current scholarship of Francis Bacon by intelligently and creatively considering his frequently neglected, and rather misunderstood, relationship with Christianity'. Read more...

 
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