Francis Bacon by Michael Peppiatt
Anatomy of an Enigma

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Francis Bacon was one of the most powerful and enigmatic creative geniuses of the twentieth century. Immediately recognizable, his paintings continue to challenge interpretations and provoke controversy. Bacon was also an extraordinary personality. Generous but cruel, forthright yet manipulative, ebullient but in despair: He was the sum of his contradictions. This life, lived at extremes, was filled with achievement and triumph, misfortune and personal tragedy.

In his revised and updated edition of an already brilliant biography, Michael Peppiatt has drawn on fresh material that has become available in the sixteen years since the artist’s death. Most important, he includes confidential material given to him by Bacon but omitted from the first edition. Francis Bacon derives from the hundreds of occasions Bacon and Peppiatt sat conversing, often late into the night, over many years, and particularly when Bacon was working in Paris. We are also given insight into Bacon’s intimate relationships, his artistic convictions and views on life, as well as his often acerbic comments on his contemporaries.
 

About Michael Peppiatt

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Michael Peppiatt is a well-known writer and curator, who began his career as an art critic in London and Paris in the 1960s. He is the author of Alberto Giacometti in Postwar Paris, Francis Bacon in the 1950s, Francis Bacon: Studies for a Portrait, and In Giacometti's Studio (all Yale).
 
Published September 1, 2009 by Skyhorse Publishing. 500 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography, History. Non-fiction

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Peppiatt, a friend of the artist's and the editor of Art International, respects Bacon's controlling, antireductionist instinct--not out of deference, but because no brief catalog of life experiences could explain the complex horror of any one of Bacon's paintings.

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Phenomenal drinking habits, chronic sleep deprivation, and a dangerous taste for the lowlife didn't seem to dampen Bacon's productivity. Perhaps they even fueled it. During his turbulent lifetime (190

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Francis Bacon : Anatomy of an Enigma by Michael Peppiatt Buy it from the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop During his lifetime, catalogue notes about Francis B...

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Francis Bacon : Anatomy of an Enigma by Michael Peppiatt Buy it from the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop Republished to coincide with th...

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Peppiatt, having already written Bacon's biography (Francis Bacon: Anatomy of an Enigma ), now submits a collection of essays and interviews spanning his career of writing on the artist.

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The flamboyantly promiscuous and eccentric Bacon lives in Peppiatt's descriptions (""he walked with a springily weaving step, as if the ground rolled beneath his feet like the deck of a ship at sea"").

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The New York Review of Books

Among the various Bacon exhibitions of the last two years, “Francis Bacon: The Violence of the Real” in Düsseldorf and “Francis Bacon: Paintings from the 1950s,” which originated in Norwich, England, and is now traveling the United States, have each generated substantial catalogs, the latter incl...

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