Francis Bacon: Anatomy of an Enigma

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Francis Bacon, the most celebrated British artist of the 20th century, whose images once seen cannot be forgotten, was also a non-conformist. His was a daily existencelived recklessly at the edge. His homosexuality was a decisive factor of his life, not only the basis of his most important relationships, but also the main regulator of his daily round from restaurnat to drinking club, to casino.

This frank portrait of Anglo-Irish painter Francis Bacon (1909-92) contains enough juicy details about his lurid sex life and hard partying to satisfy even the most avid consumers of art-world gossip. But art critic Michael Peppiatt, who knew Bacon personally, also provides insightful analyses of his paintings and the nerve their anguished subject matter and technique struck in the uneasy years following World War II. In addition, Peppiatt illuminates the autobiographical roots of powerful works such as Pope I, Three Studies for a Crucifixion, and In Memory of George Dyer.

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