Francis Bacon & Nazi Propaganda

ISBN: 9781849760737
Artist(s): Francis Bacon
Author(s): Martin Hammer
Format: hardback
Edition: -
Year published: 2012
Publisher: Tate
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 224
Illustrations: Includes 60 colour and 60 black & white illustrations

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Francis Bacon is one of the most important and internationally renowned British artists of the twentieth century. what is little known, is that Bacon was heavily influenced, and made extensive use of, Nazi propaganda photography as a springboard for his paintings. In this original and compelling book Martin Hammer presents Bacon as a ‘painter of modern life’; a man who wanted to quench the feelings and memories associated with living through the rise of Fascism in the 1930s, the second world war, the revelations of the Holocaust and then the early Cold war and post-Colonial struggles.

In the first in-depth study of its kind, Hammer focuses on Bacon’s creative processes, looking at how he used Nazi propaganda in his work from the early 1940s into the first half of the 1960s. His work is set against an initial impulse to bury wartime memories and the gradual resurgence of interest, associated especially with a new focus on the Holocaust.


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