FRANCIS BACONHUGH DAVIES & SALLY YARD Book Number: 83144 Product format: Paperback
"Painting is the pattern of one's own nervous system being projected on canvas." Francis Bacon the artist has steadfastly focussed on figurative subject matter in order to 'unlock the valves of feeling and therefore return the onlooker to life more violently.' The murky settings that engulfed his figures for more than a decade after WWII were banished by the brightly illuminated clarity of subsequent work. The vigour of his paintings paralleled that of the Abstract Expressionism of the late 1940s and early 50s. While his paintings have consistently referred to contemporary life, he has also consciously rivalled the old masters. During his 60-odd years as a painter, he has fearlessly tackled the unruly imagery of life. His insistence on depicting the mysteries of human experience has been rare in an age dominated by abstraction. Now the pivotal importance of his work has become more obvious than ever before. With 116 illustrations of which 46 are in full colour, this affordable, well illustrated Abbeville Modern Masters edition is packed with information including notes on technique. 'The only natural light in his working space emerges from a tapering shaft leading to a square skylight and is augmented by two naked bulbs hanging from the ceiling.' 'While the figures are painted in oil, which remains malleable while it dries slowly, the more opaque surfaces of acrylic and occasionally of house paint are sometimes used for the flatter background passages. Colour, particularly orange, is at times heightened by the addition of pastel. Images are coaxed and commanded from the subtle medium with materials ranging from Brillo pads to cashmere sweaters...' Here are his works like Jet of Water, Sand Dune, studies of the human body, three studies for a Crucifixion and more. With chronology, list of exhibitions, public collections and bibliography. 130 very large pages in softback.
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