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Francis Bacon: Revelations [9780007298419]

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Pulitzer Prize winning authors Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan deliver an expertly written and fascinating biography of one of the most extraordinary artists of the twentieth century.

Born in Ireland in 1909, Francis Bacon had a traumatic childhood, physically and mentally. Riddled with allergies and asthma, he also recognised his homosexuality from a very early age. When caught by his father trying on his mother's clothes, aged just sixteen, he was swiftly expelled from the household.

Bacon travelled to Paris, Berlin and London, where he became part of an elegant Bohemian circle in South Kensington. His initial interest lay in radically modern furniture design but he soon began to dabble with paint. His early career was far from successful, and his work was panned by critics. Today, he is considered one of the greatest and most extraordinary painters of the twentieth century. Ten years ago, his 'Triptych 1976' sold for $86.3 million - the most expensive work of contemporary art ever sold at auction at the time.

Always reluctant to talk about what inspired him, for fear of the story talking louder than the paint, Bacon's art is richly explored for the first time and his day-to-day working process is vividly brought to life. With much new material having been discovered since Bacon's death, this superbly written biography provides a fresh and exciting insight into the artist's life and works.


Husband and wife team, Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan, are the Pulitzer Prize winning authors of 'De Kooning: An American Master'. Stevens is a distinguished art critic and Swan is a veteran arts writer and editor. They live in New York.

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    Francis Bacon- Revelations

    Posted by John Vincent Scott on 10th Feb 2021

    This is a very well written, researched,biography. It has an understated sense of humour, and acute psychological observations that I welcomed . However I would say the print size of the hardback is too small to read comfortably- I therefore bought it as well on kindle where I could adjust the print size.

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