- ISBN 9780300142556 / 0300142552
- Title Francis Bacon: Studies for a Portrait
- Author Michael Peppiatt
- Category Art & Design Styles: From C 1960
Individual Artists, Art Monographs
- Format Hardcover
- Year 2008
- Pages 272
- Publisher Yale University Press
- Imprint Yale University Press
- Language English
- Dimensions 163mm x 31mm x 240mm
One of the most elusive and enigmatic creative geniuses of modern times, Francis Bacon was a man of endless contradictions and facets. This book offers a portrait of this artist. It also provides anecdotes about the artist's early life, his intimate relationships, and his connections with the artists who were his contemporaries and friends.
One of the most elusive and enigmatic creative geniuses of modern times, Francis Bacon was a man of endless contradictions and facets. In this invaluable book Michael Peppiatt, a major art critic and close friend of Bacon's, offers an entertaining and uniquely well-informed portrait of this complex artist. Peppiatt's collection of interviews and essays spans more than forty years—from 1963, when the two men met, to 2007, when Peppiatt wrote an essay explaining Bacon's passionate involvement with Van Gogh. The pieces in between include discussions of Bacon's working methods and techniques, his unlikely relationship with his London dealer, his attitude toward Christian belief and classical myth, and his defining friendship with the eminent French writer Michel Leiris. Peppiatt also provides fascinating anecdotes about the artist's early life, his intimate relationships, and his connections with the artists who were his contemporaries and friends. In addition, among the interviews reproduced for the book are new transcripts of two interviews presenting previously omitted material that brings out many little-known aspects of Bacon's presence and personality.
“Peppiatt writes perceptively about Bacon's endlessly contradictory nature, his generosity and cruelty, his violence and tenderness, his dandyism and love of squalor, his spectacular dissipation and iron self-discipline, and what he called his 'exhilarated despair'.” — Lewis Jones, “Daily Telegraph”
—Lewis Jones“Daily Telegraph” (12/20/2009)
Michael Peppiatt is the leading authority on Francis Bacon. He has written the definitive biography of the artist and curated several influential exhibitions of his work.