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Julian Bell: Francis Bacon

19 October 2000
Looking back at Francis​ Bacon 
by David Sylvester.
Thames and Hudson, 272 pp., £29.95, June 2000, 0 500 01994 0
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... a Hallowe’en pumpkin. Two lordly sensibilities, the heterosexual critic and the homosexual artist, had converged to discuss painting and the human condition. The thought that David Sylvester and FrancisBacon were caught up in this dialogue seemed at once daunting and salutary to some of us then learning to paint in the same town. Their Interviews – first published in 1975 – conveyed such ...

Bacon’s Furies

Robert Melville

2 April 1981
Interviews with Francis Bacon​ 1962-1979 
edited by David Sylvester.
Thames and Hudson, 176 pp., £4.95, October 1980, 0 500 27196 8
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... In the preface to his new edition of montaged interviews with FrancisBacon, 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 ...

In the Butcher’s Shop

Peter de Bolla: Deleuze on Bacon

23 September 2004
Francis BaconThe Logic of Sensation 
by Gilles Deleuze, translated by Daniel Smith.
Continuum, 209 pp., £9.99, March 2004, 0 8264 7318 0
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... my ‘hard wiring’. What fascinates me now is what might be known to me, what might appear to me as knowledge or knowing, by dint of sensing the world. The recent translation of Gilles Deleuze’s FrancisBacon: Logique de la sensation ought to revivify debates about aesthetics, but it’s likely to meet with the same response from English speakers as previous translations of Deleuze’s extraordinary ...
23 April 1992
Francis Bacon, the State, and the Reform of Natural Philosophy 
by Julian Martin.
Cambridge, 236 pp., £35, December 1991, 0 521 38249 1
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... FrancisBacon has had a variety of reputations, which have tended to go up and down in a random or independent sort of way. At the moment he is generally regarded as a master of English rhetoric, an unsuccessful ...

Golf Grips and Swastikas

William Feaver: Francis Bacon’s Litter

26 February 2009
Francis BaconIncunabula 
edited by Martin Harrison and Rebecca Daniels.
Thames and Hudson, 224 pp., £39.95, September 2008, 978 0 500 09344 3
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... FrancisBacon liked to rail against illustration. ‘If you know how to record it you illustrate it,’ he’d cry. As for ‘illustrational paint’, ughh – the thought of that would set the jowls shuddering ...

Verie Sillie People

Keith Thomas: Bacon’s Lives

7 February 2013
The Oxford Francis Bacon​ Vol. I: Early Writings 1584-96 
edited by Alan Stewart, with Harriet Knight.
Oxford, 1066 pp., £200, September 2012, 978 0 19 818313 6
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... Philosopher, lawyer, essayist, historian, theorist of experimental inquiry and prophet of organised scientific research, FrancisBacon combined soaring intellectual ambition with a relentless quest for worldly advancement. The scholar who sought to reclassify the whole of human knowledge and lay the foundations for the systematic ...
19 March 1987
Giacometti: A Biography 
by James Lord.
Faber, 592 pp., £25, June 1986, 0 571 13138 7
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... everything on it, not for twenty thousand but for ten. These stories don’t get into Lord’s account of the artist in London, which is entirely concerned with social life, mostly social life with FrancisBacon. It seems designed to suggest that Giacometti was fascinated by Bacon’s homosexuality in a significant way. But first comes a pen portrait of Bacon: Good-looking and clever, with a malicious ...

Lucian Freud

Nicholas Penny

31 March 1988
... is in fact very varied and the degree of finish by no means uniform. Even in reproduction the pencil underdrawing and several revisions to the contour of the cheek are visible in the famous Head of FrancisBacon, and one can clearly see how the tiny lines animating the grey shadows on the face are not drawn with the point of a brush but are pushed through the paint by stiff bristles revealing the paler ...
15 March 1984
Francis​ Bacon 
by Michel Leiris, translated by John Weightman.
Phaidon, 271 pp., £50, September 1983, 0 7148 2218 3
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Vanessa Bell 
by Frances Spalding.
Weidenfeld, 399 pp., £12.95, August 1983, 0 297 78162 6
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The Omega Workshops 
by Judith Collins.
Secker, 310 pp., £15.95, January 1984, 0 436 10562 4
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The Omega Workshops 1913-1919: Decorative Arts of Bloomsbury 
Crafts Council, 96 pp., £6.95, March 1984, 0 903798 72 7Show More
The Omega Workshops: Alliance and Enmity in English Art 1911-1920 
Anthony d’Offay Gallery, 80 pp., £4.95, February 1984, 0 947564 00 4Show More
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... recklessness and a complete lack of humility. It was annoying how his name, once mentioned, could not be put out of Harry’s mind ... There was also the recurring discomfort of undue homage paid to FrancisBacon – a gathering menace. If Harry Bretton has survived in the limbo where fictional characters live ever after he will find Bacon as menacing as ever. He has not petered out, and even his ...

At the Museum of London

Peter Campbell: Artists’ studios

7 June 2001
... the Colony Room, the Gargoyle, the French House and so on – and only two schools. Artists were talking together but working alone. Of all 20th-century London artists’ houses 7 Reece Mews, where FrancisBacon lived and worked for 30 years, is the most notorious. The room which served as a studio has now been reconstructed in the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art in Dublin; a photographic ...

At the Royal Academy

Peter Campbell: Frank Auerbach

4 October 2001
... landscapes are made from drawings done in the early, empty morning of streets and open spaces near his studio. This use of what is intimate and close-by as subject matter has contemporary resonances (FrancisBacon, Lucian Freud) and historical ones (from Chardin’s studio-bound way of working to Cézanne’s Provençal landscape beat, and the dusty, unchanging workspaces of Giacometti and Morandi). The ...
21 February 1980
Pilgrimage 
by Dorothy Richardson.
Virago, £3.50, November 1980, 0 86068 100 9
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... to write a novel about ‘the startling things that are not important’, and to do so through the experiences of a woman who is evasive, assertive and contrary. She would have agreed, I think, with FrancisBacon, who once said in an interview that he wanted ‘to give the sensation without the boredom of its conveyance. And the moment the story enters, the boredom comes upon you.’ Leslie Fiedler ...
6 June 1985
The Limits of Science 
by Peter Medawar.
Oxford, 108 pp., £7.50, February 1985, 0 19 217744 3
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... Medawar presents an erudite and entertaining account of the limits of science, or mostly the lack of them, as perceived by great thinkers from FrancisBacon to Karl Popper and himself. His arguments are couched in largely epistemological terms which do not arouse my passions, but they stimulated me to think about those limits that affect laymen’s ...
12 July 1990
A Life with Food 
by Peter Langan and Brian Sewell.
Bloomsbury, 128 pp., £16.99, May 1990, 9780747502203
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... water-spaniel, who had his photograph in the Observer’s Pendennis column seated at a table dressed in a double damask napkin. On the other hand, while all the artists worshipped the success of FrancisBacon, it mattered not at all that he did not frequent Odin’s. He preferred Muriel’s and could keep it, though Peter was presented with a serigraph from Richard Hamilton which is a Bacon copy. In ...

At Tate Britain

Peter Campbell: Eadweard Muybridge

23 September 2010
... dancing girls at rest might look inelegant, but they couldn’t be accused of not being true to life. Where earlier painters used Muybridge’s photographs to get the detail of their paintings right, FrancisBacon, drawn to their impersonal, objective quality, made subjects of, for example, Muybridge’s wrestlers. Meissonnier wanted a crib; Bacon had found a source. The frozen moment has now become a ...

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