Anatomy of an Enigma
By (author) Michael Peppiatt
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Francis Bacon by Michael Peppiatt
Book DescriptionPublished in 1996, Francis Bacon: Anatomy of an Enigma was the first in-depth study of the artist's life. It has not been superseded. In this substantially revised, updated edition - to coincide with the artist's centenary, which will be celebrated from autumn 2008 through summer 2009 - Peppiatt will incorporate confidential material Bacon gave him, which he did not include in the first edition. This valuable, first-hand information comes from the hundreds of conversations Bacon had with Peppiatt, often late into the night, over thirty years, particularly during the periods Bacon spent living and working in Paris. It includes insights into Bacon's intimate relationships, his artistic convictions and his general view of life, as well as his acerbic comments on his contemporaries. Peppiatt will draw on some of the fascinating information that has become available in the fifteen years since the artist died. Once jealously guarded by the artist himself, the contents of Bacon's studio can now be freely consulted; Peppiatt has had privileged access to these archives, and he will show how a number of recent discoveries - including wholly unexpected source material - have radically changed the way we look at Bacon's work. Similarly, his recent research into the artist's background - his tortured affair with the sadistic Peter Lacy in Tangier, for instance, and the baffling circumstances of his death in Madrid - will shed light on unexplored areas of Bacon's life and work. Peppiatt will also unveil new information from several people who knew Bacon intimately and who have never gone on record previously.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781845297312
(203mm x 127mm x 28mm)
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 11-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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"This fine memoir is more insightful than gossipy, and as a subject Bacon is just about unbeatable." -- "The New York Times"
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Art Plural, Hardback (March 2014)
In Art Plural world-renowned art historian and writer Michael Peppiatt joins with Swiss gallerist Frederic de Senarclens of Art Plural Gallery, as well as over 25 leading contemporary artists, to share their thoughts on this diverse art scene.
Interviews with Artists, Hardback (May 2012)» View all books by Michael Peppiatt
Gives a fresh perspective on art from the Second World War to the present day. This title presents forty-five of the most noteworthy of the author's conversations with artists, from the world-famous to the under-recognized.
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Author Biography - Michael Peppiatt
Michael Peppiatt served as literary editor for Le Monde and arts correspondent for The New York Times and the Financial Times. He is considered the world expert on Bacon and has curated several groundbreaking Bacon exhibitions, notably 'Francis Bacon: The Sacred and the Profane' and 'Francis Bacon in the 1950s'. He lives in London and Paris.
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