Francis Bacon

John Russell

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'The most sensitive assessment of Bacon, artist and man, that I have yet read' Art and Artists


Based on conversations with the artist which extended over several years, John Russell’s original study reveals much about Bacon the man and Bacon the artist in a way that has never been surpassed. On Bacon’s death in 1992, the unique vision and accomplishment of one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century could be appreciated in their totality. In this edition, Russell does just that, as well as discussing Bacon’s later work.
Bacon’s intentions and his achievements, both frequently misunderstood, are here set in perspective.


'If you are moved and interested by the work of Francis Bacon, then this book is essential; if, on a general level, you are intrigued by how and why a considerable artist creates his own individual visions, then this book is again essential'
Arts Review

Further Details


Format: Paperback

Edition Type: Revised and updated edition

Size: 21.0 x 14.9 cm

Extent: 208 pp

Illustrations: 172

Publication date: 23 August 1993

ISBN: 9780500202715

About the Author

John Russell was chief art critic of the The New York Times from 1982-1990 and is the author of many distinguished books on the arts.