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Francis Bacon: Studies for a Portrait

Michael Peppiatt


An updated edition of Michael Peppiatt's entertaining and uniquely well-informed portrait of Francis Bacon

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This revised and updated edition of Francis Bacon: Studies for a Portrait reveals Francis Bacon’s elusive and enigmatic creative genius. The essays and interviews brought together here span more than half a century. In addition to three interviews, there are also essays for exhibitions, memoirs and reflections on Bacon’s late work, some published here for the first time. Included are recorded conversations with Bacon in Paris, and an overall account of the artist’s sources, techniques and extraordinary London studio.


'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"'
Daily Telegraph

'Contains interviews with and recollections of the artist from the 1960s almost until his death... include[s] the full, fascinating text of Bacon’s answers when he was interviewed for the first time by his future biographer, in 1963, before celebrity began to overtake some of his responses'
Times Literary Supplement

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 19.8 x 12.9 cm

Extent: 296 pp

Illustrations: 14

Publication date: 21 January 2021

ISBN: 9780500295854

Contents List

Introduction * Interviewing Francis Bacon: Interview One: From a Conversation with Francis Bacon; Francis Bacon At Work; Bacon and Picasso On La Danse (Crucifixion), 1933; An Obsession with Popes; Francis Bacon in the 1950s * Interview Two: Reality Conveyed by a Lie; The Sacred and the Profane; Mr Bacon and Miss Beston; ‘All the Pulsations of a Person’: Portraits and Self-Portraits On Four Studies for a Self-Portrait, 1967; Francis Bacon and Shakespeare * Interview Three: Provoking Accidents, Prompting Chance; Francis Bacon in Paris; On Study of George Dyer, 1971; On Seated Figure, 1974; A Strange Fascination: Michel Leiris and Francis Bacon; On Two Figures, 1975; Reflections on Francis Bacon’s Late Work * Envoi: Bacon’s Eyes

About the Author

Michael Peppiatt is a well-known author and internationally respected authority on 20th-century art. He has written numerous publications on Bacon, including the biography Francis Bacon: Anatomy of an Enigma, 2009.