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The Resource Francis Bacon : revelations, Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan

Francis Bacon : revelations, Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan

Label
Francis Bacon : revelations
Title
Francis Bacon
Title remainder
revelations
Statement of responsibility
Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan
Creator
Contributor
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Francis Bacon flung open the twentieth-century closet. By day he exposed the secrets of a dark century, and by night he swashbuckled through Soho, never concealing his homosexuality. Francis Bacon: Revelations, a decade in the making, is the first biography of this seminal artist to appear in twenty-five years. Based on hundreds of interviews and extensive new material from Ireland, Tangier, Spain, England, and France, Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan have written a startlingly original portrait--rich, complex, and subtle--of a commanding modern figure. Bacon concealed many im portant aspects of his life. He described himself as an asthmatic child in Ireland, with foxhunting parents and a tyrannical father, but he was also rescued by a series of formidable women, beginning with a practical nanny and an eccentric grandmother: the women in this biography emerge as important characters in their own right. He was never just a dissolute young man, but was also a passionate reader who--largely self-taught--developed an abiding fascination with Nietzsche and Aeschylus. Early on, influenced by the work of Eileen Gray, he became a hard-working and ambitious designer, a brief career explored here in detail for the first time. He dreamed of remaking the modern room. Bacon worked no less hard and ambitiously as a painter--at first with little success. Throughout the 1930s and early '40s he suffered ongoing failures, growing isolated and often ill: his health issues throughout his life were far more significant than he revealed. Then came his astonishing breakthrough in 1944, with Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion. In the following decades, he emerged as one of the great iconoclasts and bon vinvants of his time, a Wildean figure whom one friend called "a terrific grandee." Bacon was typically celebrated as a sexual adventurer who like rough trade, but he never stopped longing for a serious committed relationshiop--however painful. He continued to make disturbing images of the strangeness within, but developed into a more varied artist than has been recognized, creating in particular an extraordinary series of self-portraits. He was an artist who believed in chance and paradox: the iconoclast eventually became an icon. This is a story, deeply researched and masterfully told, of a sickly boy who became one of the great figures of his time. The twentieth century does not know itself without Bacon. --
Assigning source
From dust jacket
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
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1951-
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Stevens, Mark
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Swan, Annalyn
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Bacon, Francis
  • Bacon, Francis
  • Painters
  • Peintres
  • ART
  • ART / History / European
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Artists, Architects, Photographers
  • Painters
  • Great Britain
Label
Francis Bacon : revelations, Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
"This is a Borzoi Book published by Alfred A. Knopf"--Title page verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
  • Gallant men
  • Stage sets
  • Starting over
  • Early success
  • Early failure
  • Breakdowns
  • Wilderness
  • Good boys and bad
  • Sewer boots
  • Iconoclast.
  • Prologue:
  • "I began"
  • The road south
  • Mr. Hyde
  • Soho nights
  • Brothers and lovers
  • Wilde man
  • Follies
  • Homeless
  • Love and power
  • The violence of grass
  • The dark century
  • Shades of blue
  • Tangier
  • Limbo
  • Bets
  • The fig tree
  • "Such ardour"
  • Settling in
  • Younger crowds
  • Ancient rhymes
  • Hommage à Bacon
  • "I".
  • "Icon".
  • A toast to death
  • An Englishman abroad
  • Echoes
  • Spectacle
  • Friends and rivals
  • Love and money
  • Performance artist
  • The last picture show
  • Fresh faces
  • Boy at the window
  • Suddenly!
  • Curtain calls
  • Borrowed time
  • An errand
  • Weakling
  • Arousal
  • The queerness of cities
  • Marvelous women
Control code
1137206040
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
xiv, 861 pages, 22 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780307271624
Lccn
2020000325
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
WorldCat record variable field(s) change: 776
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)1137206040
Label
Francis Bacon : revelations, Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan
Publication
Copyright
Note
"This is a Borzoi Book published by Alfred A. Knopf"--Title page verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
  • Gallant men
  • Stage sets
  • Starting over
  • Early success
  • Early failure
  • Breakdowns
  • Wilderness
  • Good boys and bad
  • Sewer boots
  • Iconoclast.
  • Prologue:
  • "I began"
  • The road south
  • Mr. Hyde
  • Soho nights
  • Brothers and lovers
  • Wilde man
  • Follies
  • Homeless
  • Love and power
  • The violence of grass
  • The dark century
  • Shades of blue
  • Tangier
  • Limbo
  • Bets
  • The fig tree
  • "Such ardour"
  • Settling in
  • Younger crowds
  • Ancient rhymes
  • Hommage à Bacon
  • "I".
  • "Icon".
  • A toast to death
  • An Englishman abroad
  • Echoes
  • Spectacle
  • Friends and rivals
  • Love and money
  • Performance artist
  • The last picture show
  • Fresh faces
  • Boy at the window
  • Suddenly!
  • Curtain calls
  • Borrowed time
  • An errand
  • Weakling
  • Arousal
  • The queerness of cities
  • Marvelous women
Control code
1137206040
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
xiv, 861 pages, 22 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780307271624
Lccn
2020000325
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
WorldCat record variable field(s) change: 776
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)1137206040

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