Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon : The Logic of Sensation

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Francis Bacon is Deleuze's long-awaited work on Bacon, widely regarded as the one of the most radical painters of the twentieth century. The book presents a deep engagement with Bacon's work and the nature of art. Deleuze analyses the distinctive innovations that came to mark Bacon's style while introducing a number of his own famous concepts. Deleuze links Bacon's work to Cezanne's notion of a 'logic' of sensation, which reaches its summit in colour. Investigating this logic, Deleuze explores Bacon's crucial relation to past painters such as Velasquez, Cezanne, and Soutine, as well as Bacon's rejection of expressionism and abstract painting. Translated by Daniel W. Smith
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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 14mm | 181.44g
  • Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0826479308
  • 9780826479303
  • 151,004

Table of contents

Translator's Preface, by Daniel W. Smith; Preface to the French Edition, by Alain Badiou and Barbara Cassin Foreword; Author's Preface to the English Edition; 1. The Round Area, the Ring; 2. Note on Figuration in Past Painting; 3. Athleticism; 4. Body, Meat, and Spirit: Becoming-Animal; 5. Recapitulative Note: Bacon's Periods and Aspects; 6. Painting and Sensation; 7. Hysteria; 8. Painting Forces; 9. Couples and Triptychs; 10. Note: What is a Triptych? 11. The Painting Before Painting...; 12. The Diagram; 13. Analogy; 14. Every Painter Recapitulates the History of Painting in His or Her Own Way...; 15. Bacon's Path; 16. Note on Color; 17. The Eye and the Hand; Index of Paintings; Notes; Index
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"'A lively and systematic study of Bacon's work. The book is clearly organised, helping to make complicated arguments easier to follow'. Modern Painters; 'an entertaining read' Art Monthly; 'A path breaking work on the aesthetics of sensation, the philosophy of colour, on form, and on painting in general, Francis Bacon is one of the most important, if not the most crucial, of all of Deleuze's writings.' Tom Conley, Harvard University"
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About Gilles Deleuze

Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995) was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris VIII. He is a key figure in poststructuralism, and one of the most Influential philosophers of the twentieth century. Daniel W. Smith teaches in the Department of Philosophy at Purdue University.
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