The Brutality of Fact: Interviews with Francis Bacon

The Brutality of Fact: Interviews with Francis Bacon

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A reissue of the extraordinarily revealing interviews with Francis Bacon conducted by Sylvester over a period of 25 years. They amount to a unique statement by Bacon on his art, and on art in general.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 166 x 231 x 12.7mm | 470g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Enlarged
  • Third enlarged edition
  • 146 Illustrations, black and white
  • 0500274754
  • 9780500274750
  • 123,509

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This book with its subsequent revised and augmented editions--has been considered a classic of its kind, and that reputation has become worldwide. As a discussion of problems of making art today it has been widely influential not only among artist but among writers and musicians. It has also been seen as the most revealing portrait that exists of one of the most singular artistic personalities of our times.
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Review Text

Sylvester conducted interviews with Bacon for over 20 years. He obviously got better at hunting down exactly what Bacon wanted to say. Bacon relaxed and 20 years of interviews has been boiled down to 200 quintessential pages. They are fascinating, revealing and even funny. They are also quite technical, almost pedantic in their quest for exactitude. There are other books about Bacon which detail the sex, drugs and squalor. This one is about his paintings. (Kirkus UK)
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About David Sylvester

David Sylvester was a prominent writer, art critic, and leading authority on Francis Bacon. He lived in London and wrote for the Tribune before heading to Paris and working as a translator and reviewer.
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