In Camera: Francis Bacon: Photography, Film and the Practice of Painting

ISBN: 9780500286241
Artist(s): Francis Bacon
Author(s): Martin Harrison
Format: Paperback
Edition: First Paperback
Year published: First published 2006
Publisher: Thames and Hudson
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 256
Illustrations: 275 Illustrations, 200 in colour

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Francis Bacon famously found inspiration in photographs, film-stills and mass-media imagery. In Camera, a bravura accomplishment of original research, reveals how these new media informed some of Bacon’s most important paintings and triggered decisive turning-points in his stylistic development.

Martin Harrison, who was granted unparalleled access to unpublished material, provides a new understanding of the creator of one of the most compelling bodies of work in twentieth-century art. Bacon’s painting is considered in the context of key influences – film directors such as Sergei Eisenstein, photographers such as Eadweard Muybridge and masters such as Velázquez and Picasso. His work is also reviewed in the context of his contemporaries, including Freud, Rothko and Sutherland.

Sharp analysis – chronological and thematic – leads to startling insights into this complex, tortured and hugely creative genius and into the unique iconography of his art.

With over 270 superb illustrations, including a broad range of source images and documents, many hitherto unknown, this Francis Bacon book addresses important questions about the artist’s practice and sheds new light on his life and work.


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