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Francis Bacon in the 1950s
From the screaming heads and snarling chimpanzees of the late 1940s to the anonymous figures trapped in tortured isolation some ten years later,during one crucial decade British artist Francis Bacon created many of the most central and memorable images of his entire career. The artist enters the decade of the 1950s in search of himself and his true subject; he finishes ten ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published March 28th 2007 by Yale University Press
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Picked this one up at the Art Institute bookstore in Chicago and it was well worth the $50. Extra thick paper makes it tactile and full of heft, as a good art book should. Written to accompany the exhibits -- Francis Bacon: Painting from the the 1950's --the book includes 55 color plates of the paintings from the exhibit, plus 30 or so others in the essay written by Bacon's friend and biographer Michael Peppiatt (I've also read the biography Anatomy of an Enigma and will post a review of that on ...more