Bacon’s Furies

Robert Melville

  • Interviews with Francis Bacon 1962-1979 edited by David Sylvester
    Thames and Hudson, 176 pp, £4.95, October 1980, ISBN 0 500 27196 8

In the preface to his new edition of montaged interviews with Francis Bacon, David Sylvester draws our attention to what has become the last section of the fifth interview. Altogether, there are seven interviews but Sylvester considers the end of the fifth to be the most illuminating passage in the book: ‘I always think of myself not so much as a painter but as a medium for accident and chance … I think perhaps I am unique in that way; and perhaps it’s a vanity to say such a thing. But I don’t think I’m gifted. I just think I’m receptive.’

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