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Francis Bacon: Man and Beast

Text by Stephen F. Eisenman, Catherine Howe, Michael Peppiatt, Anna Testar.

Featured image is reproduced from ‘Francis Bacon: Man and Beast'.

The most notorious painter of the 20th century plumbs the animal darkness at the core of the human condition

Despite his harsh habits of self-editing and a relatively late start, the British painter Francis Bacon produced a considerable body of work that continues to electrify. In 1969, Bacon became interested in bullfighting and painted a series of powerful works that evoke anguish and eroticism simultaneously in the contorted bodies of their beastly subjects. "Bullfighting is like boxing," Bacon once said. "A marvelous aperitif to sex.” Twenty-two years later, a single ghostly bull was the subject of his final painting. Ultimately, Bacon was most compelled by the human animal. His paintings frequently eschew the distinction between man and beast; he renders his human subjects as primitive creatures driven by base instincts such as pain and fear, while his animal subjects exude a strangely human sensibility.

This publication concentrates on the role of animals in Bacon’s work, with experts discussing his varied sources of inspiration, such as Surrealist literature and the photography of Eadweard Muybridge.

Francis Bacon (1909–92) began his career in furniture design and interior decoration until 1945, when his career as a painter took off. He enjoyed colossal success in his lifetime, especially as part of a London cohort that included contemporaries Lucian Freud and John Deakin.


Featured image is reproduced from ‘Francis Bacon: Man and Beast'.

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

FAD

Mark Westall

In Bacon’s paintings, man is never far from beast. That humankind is fundamentally an animal was a truth that lay at the heart of his imagery. From the biomorphic creatures of his earliest work to the distorted nudes that define the latter part of his career, Bacon remained convinced that, beneath the veneer of civilisation, humans are animals like any other.

Guardian

Mark Brown

Incredibly moving...

Financial Times

Jackie Wullschläger

Bacon’s enduring motif is man alone in a room, fearful and furious. But isolation, in art as in life, is beginning to pall, and the anticipated joy of this show is a new inflection to the modern master of gloom. With his animals, Bacon’s grand guignol menace is varied, inventive, sometimes even touched with comedy. 

Washington Post

Sebastian Smee

[Bacon] knew painting could convey things photography could not. It could convey 'the brutality of fact.'

Prospect

Emma Crichton-Miller

The artist's distorted, visceral figures expose humanity’s animal nature.

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Francis Bacon: Man and Beast

FRANCIS BACON: MAN AND BEAST

Text by Stephen F. Eisenman, Catherine Howe, Michael Peppiatt, Anna Testar.

ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS

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Pub Date: 4/20/2021
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Francis Bacon: Catalogue Raisonné

FRANCIS BACON: CATALOGUE RAISONNé

Edited by Martin Harrison.

THE ESTATE OF FRANCIS BACON

ISBN: 9780956927316
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Pub Date: 6/28/2016
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Francis Bacon

FRANCIS BACON

Text by Sam Hunter.

EDICIONES POLíGRAFA

ISBN: 9788434312029
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Pub Date: 6/30/2009
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Francis Bacon

FRANCIS BACON

Text by Michel Leiris.

EDICIONES POLíGRAFA

ISBN: 9788434311909
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Pub Date: 11/1/2008
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