David Sylvester





David Sylvester


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Hackney, London, The United Kingdom
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Anthony David Bernard Sylvester CBE, (21 September 1924; London – 19 June 2001; London) was a British art critic and curator. During a long career David Sylvester was influential in promoting modern art in Britain, in particular the work of Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon.

Born into a well connected north-London Jewish family, Sylvester had trouble as a student at University College School and was thrown out of the family home. He wrote for the paper Tribune and went to Paris in 1947 where he met Alberto Giacometti one of the strongest influences on him. Though writing for a range of publications as a critic including The Observer and New Statesman the main thrust of his writing that direct response to the artwork was most important remained
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Average rating: 4.28 · 732 ratings · 51 reviews · 65 distinct works · Similar authors
The Brutality of Fact: Inte...

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Francis Bacon: The Human Body

4.41 avg rating — 27 ratings — published 1998 — 2 editions
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Magritte

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4.46 avg rating — 28 ratings — published 1992 — 10 editions
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Interviews with American Ar...

4.07 avg rating — 29 ratings — published 2001 — 3 editions
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Willem de Kooning: Paintings

4.39 avg rating — 28 ratings — published 1994 — 2 editions
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Looking at Giacometti

4.15 avg rating — 20 ratings — published 1994 — 4 editions
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About Modern Art

3.89 avg rating — 27 ratings — published 1996 — 8 editions
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Looking Back at Francis Bacon

3.94 avg rating — 17 ratings — published 2000
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Entretiens Avec Francis Bacon

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4.60 avg rating — 5 ratings — published 1992 — 3 editions
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About Modern Art: Critical ...

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