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Francis Bacon in the 1950s by Michael Peppiatt
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Jul 14, 08

bookshelves: art, francis-bacon

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 one, too). The essay is a mini-biography, focusing on the 50's, as Peppiatt believes that all of Bacon's paintings are autobiographical. Not much new if you've read the full biography, but a great complement to the paintings if you haven't. Also includes previously unpublished letters Bacon wrote to the Hanover gallery and one of his patrons, plus a full chronology, as well as an excellent multimedia bibliography.
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