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This is Bacon

Kitty Hauser, illustrations by Christina Christoforou


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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 color 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.

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 relocating to London, where in 2007 she gained an MA at Camberwell College of Arts. Since then, she has produced a poster of rock star hairstyles and was commissioned by the New York Times to draw hair portraits of the Presidents and First Ladies.