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Deep beneath the surfaces of things

Francis Bacon (1909-1992) possessed the rare ability to transform unconscious compulsions into figurative, human-like forms that seem to evoke the raw emotions that bore them. Mixing realism and abstraction, Bacon delves deep beneath the surfaces of things, opening up the human body to reveal the chaos that lies within and struggling with
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Taschen (first published 1999)
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I bought this book after viewing the 'Terror and Beauty' Bacon and Moore exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario. I wish they had sold tiny copies of the exhibit descriptions because they would have been a lot more entertaining than this book. The exhibition was stunning, thought provoking, gave me an appreciation of Bacon that I had never thought I'd develop (I went for Moore not Bacon) and I was searching for a book that would describe his pieces in conjunction with some biographical context, ...more
Aug 13, 2016 Hasan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bacon's art is intriguing as much as amazing.

Overall the book is informative and it overviews the creativity/ inspirational concepts/ perspectives/ characteristics etc of Bacon's artistic style, based on some of his masterpieces..

But Ficacci's interpretation of Bacon's artistic characteristics is not as profound and philosophical as Deleuze's analysis of Bacon's conception of art in his essay "The logic of sensation".
If you're interested to learn more on Bacon's idiosyncratic Art, IMO Deleuze's
Sep 29, 2013 Claudia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Disappointing overall because Ficacci is a writer who likes to hear himself talk but doesn't really help the lay reader understand the complexities of Bacon's work - too much academic rhetoric and not enough explaination which is what I needed - I'm going to try the Phaidon Focus book and see if it is any better
Becca Du
Jun 18, 2016 Becca Du rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
"Bacon" is a book written for artists. I love Francis Bacon. I love the horror in his work, the physicality morphed into pure emotions, the combination of geometric shapes with abstract humanoids and the use of surprising colors and insolation in a space.

Yet reading this book felt like a chore. It felt very snobby and 'well you just don't understand art enough' in its style. I had to apply extra effort to reach the end of overly complicated sentences. The author also ignores obvious symbolism in
S. M.
Mar 02, 2015 S. M. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art-books, nonfiction
Great artwork of course, and some good interpretations, but this book was just too crippled by the writing's pompous tone.
Fish Furman
Dec 27, 2013 Fish Furman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Francis bacon was definitely an oddball, but nonetheless talented. Of all the books I read about him this is my favorite.
Fraser Kinnear
Feb 01, 2014 Fraser Kinnear rated it liked it
Shelves: art
Not impressed with the crit, it doesn't hold a candle to Robert Hughes or Kirk Varnedoe, but it has all the paintings I like and will be a good accompaniment to the Bacon biography I'm starting.
Mar 09, 2014 Agate rated it liked it
i loved the paintings but wanted to stab myself reading the author's comments. to me they seemed pretentious and far fetched
Feb 15, 2014 Kitty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"Erotic and grotesquely beautiful" just about sums him up. My favourite artist, by far.
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