This is Bacon

By Kitty Hauser, illustrated by Christina Christoforou

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  • Hardback
  • 50 colour illustrations
  • 80 pages
  • 9 x 6¾ ins
  • ISBN 9781780671857
  • Published September 2014

Francis Bacon was one of the giants dominating the artistic landscape of the mid-twentieth century, and served as the inspiration and launching point for much of the figural and abstract art that came after him. This highly illustrated book features 19 of the artist’s major works. In stunning original colour illustrations it portrays the events of his life and the circle of friends and associates with whom he formed a louche, brazen gang that cut open the belly of the old propriety. The major periods of Bacon’s life on the edge, such as his time spent in Berlin, Paris and the seedy milieu of post-war London, are portrayed, along with the influential figures, such as Peter Lacey and George Dyer, who shaped both his personal life and his art. An original and highly visual book, This is Bacon forms a fascinating, readable and provocatively entertaining introduction to one of the most influential masters of twentieth-century art.

About the Author

Kitty Hauser is the author of Stanley Spencer, Shadow Sites: Photography, Archaeology and The British Landscape 1927–1955 and Bloody Old Britain. She has written for the Burlington Magazine, the New Left Review and the London Review of Books. After a research fellowship at Cambridge University, she taught at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art and the London College of Fashion, and now lives in Sydney where she writes a regular column for The Australian.

Christina Christoforou is a London-based illustrator and artist. She started her career as an art director in Greece before gaining an MA at Camberwell College of Arts in London.

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CONTENTS

Introduction
Eyes/Grinding Up
Sylvester Interviews
Childhood
Berlin
Paris
London: Interior Design
Early work/ De Maistre
World War II
Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion
Discussion of Three Studies
Nazis
Heads
Popes
Africa
Peter Lacy
Man in Blue
Van Gogh
Reece Mews
London: Soho, Kensington and the East End
Colony Room
1962 Triptych
Portraits
Henrietta Moraes
George Dyer
Photographs
Muybridge
Dyer Triptych
Dark Triptychs
Portraits after Dyer
John Edwards
Landscape and Gimmickry
Bacon Mania
Blood on Pavement
Pain of Others
The Market/Heritage