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Francis Bacon : five decades

Twenty years after the artist's death, this new publication presents a timely and rich overview of the life and work of Francis Bacon. The book includes some 60 paintings as well as photographs, ephemera and archival material largely drawn from the artist's studio. An introduction and four essays by international experts look at specific aspects of Bacon's work, from detailed analysis of archival material to a study of the influences of Marcel Duchamp. The paintings divide into a thematic chronology of five decades: the 1940s, which looks at the figure studies closely related to Bacon's famous Three studies for figures at the base of a crucifixion; the 1950s, where his work is informed by Velázquez and van Gogh, but is also dominated by ambiguous, shadowy figures in sombre tones; the 1960s and 70s, which focus on the portraits and subsequent memorials to Bacon's lover George Dyer, who died in 1971; the 1980s, while calmer and more naturalistic, reveal more haunted works which make reference to classical mythology and epic poetry. Each decade is defined by influences in his life and motifs which form part of an evolving pictorial language.

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  • "Twenty years after the artist's death, this new publication presents a timely and rich overview of the life and work of Francis Bacon. The book includes some 60 paintings as well as photographs, ephemera and archival material largely drawn from the artist's studio. An introduction and four essays by international experts look at specific aspects of Bacon's work, from detailed analysis of archival material to a study of the influences of Marcel Duchamp. The paintings divide into a thematic chronology of five decades: the 1940s, which looks at the figure studies closely related to Bacon's famous Three studies for figures at the base of a crucifixion; the 1950s, where his work is informed by Velázquez and van Gogh, but is also dominated by ambiguous, shadowy figures in sombre tones; the 1960s and 70s, which focus on the portraits and subsequent memorials to Bacon's lover George Dyer, who died in 1971; the 1980s, while calmer and more naturalistic, reveal more haunted works which make reference to classical mythology and epic poetry. Each decade is defined by influences in his life and motifs which form part of an evolving pictorial language."@en
  • "Marking twenty years since the artist's death, Francis Bacon: Five Decades provides a timely account of the life and work of this complex and conflicted artist, whose paintings retain their impact and relevance today. As well as the sensual enjoyment of paint, Bacon's work speaks of violence, from depictions of a screaming pope to crucifixions, animals and carcasses, ancient Greek figures and distorted, emotionally charged portraits of his close friends and lovers. Essays by international scholars provide new insights into Bacon's art and life, and some fifty art works from every decade of his career - from the pensive and shocking works of the 1940s to the exuberantly coloured and visceral large paintings of the 1970s and '80s - show Bacon's unique representations of the human body through his mastery of paint. Over 150 additional illustrations portray his studio, friends and lovers, and reveal the diversity of his source materials, from Velázquez to the motion photos of Eadweard Muybridge.-Publisher description."@en
  • "Presents an overview of the life and work of Francis Bacon. This book includes some 60 paintings as well as photographs, ephemera and archival material largely drawn from the artists studio."

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  • "Francis Bacon : five decades : [Art Gallery of New South Wales, 17.11.2012-24.2.2013]"
  • "Francis Bacon : Five decades"
  • "Francis Bacon : five decades"
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  • "Francis Bacon : five decades; [published on the occasion of the exhibition ... Art Gallery of New South Wales, 17 November 2012 - 24 February 2013]"
  • "Francis Bacon - five decades"