Item description for Francis Bacon: 1909-1992 (Taschen Basic Art) by Luigi Ficacci...
Overview This introductory volume shows the best of Francis Bacon's work.
FRANCIS BACON (1909-1992) POSSESSED THE RARE ABILITY TO TRANSFORM UNCONSCIOUS COMPULSIONS INTO FIGURATIVE, HUMAN-LIKE FORMS THAT SEEM TO EVOKE THE RAW EMOTIONS THAT BORE THEM. MIXING REALISM AND ABSTRACTION, BACON DELVES DEEP BENEATH THE SURFACES OF THINGS, OPENING UP THE HUMAN BODY TO REVEAL THE CHAOS THAT LIES WITHIN AND STRUGGLING WITH ALL THAT IS INEXPLICABLE. EROTIC AND GROTESQUELY BEAUTIFUL IS THE WORK OF THIS LEGENDARY PAINTER WHOSE HAUNTING, DISTORTED FIGURES HAVE INSPIRED ENTIRE GENERATIONS OF PAINTERS WHO SEEK TO EMULATE HIS HIGHLY ORIGINAL STYLE.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 7.25" Height: 8.75" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2003
ISBN 3822821985 ISBN13 9783822821985
Reviews - What do customers think about Francis Bacon: 1909-1992 (Taschen Basic Art)?
Meet Francis Bacon Jul 21, 2008
I found this book very, very good for those wishing "to meet" the artist as I did. I didn't know anything about Bacon before but had strong decision to explore his paintings and himself as an artist. This book serve well for this purpose. It contains many illustrations, all in color but it's not all his paintings. Book covers everything mainly in chronological manner, gives overall picture of Bacon's life journey. Book is very good, maybe even best start for exploring Bacon's art. After that it's easy to orientate and dive deeper. And besides, Taschen series are really known for their good quality, at least in my mind. Personally me, I started to explore Bacon's art with exactly this book and it very impressed me. In Bacon's art I found something inspirational for myself. Taking into account Bacon art's specific features this book and Bacon art could be strongly suggested for animators, game developers, painters, concept artists who's into horror genre. But, by Bacon's own words:"I am not seeing any horror in my pictures"!
Great collection, but poorly written May 1, 2008
This book contains a superb range of beautifully printed Bacon pieces in full colour, and at a very modest price. However, the drawback of this book is the writings of Luigi Ficacci. His essays on Bacon are excruciating to read and immensely difficult to follow. It's like being at an art gallery and overhearing pretentious art-wannabes trying to outdo each other with big words and obscure psychoanalytical references.
So if you're looking for a book containing a comprehensive collection of artwork by Francis Bacon, this is an excellent and affordable collection. However, if you're looking for insight into this fascinating artist, try "Interviews with Francis Bacon" by David Sylvester, or "Bacon" by Ediciones Poligrafa.
Succinct yet Inclusive Biography of Francis Bacon through his Art Dec 12, 2005
Luigi Ficacci in his Taschen book FRANCIS BACON: 1909 - 1992 has managed to give us a short survey in words about the particular genius of Francis Bacon, but at the same time presents a solid framework in which to study the primary contributions of Bacon's output by focusing on eleven of the most important works. And while the bookstore shelves have many fine expensive surveys of all of Bacon's works, this little book is a gift to the student whose pocketbook would be stretched as much as the shelf weight by those greater volumes!
Ficacci's writing style is a bit dry, but his points are well made and even better related to the paintings he emphasizes. His work divides Bacon's obsessions into chapters on 'The Poetics of Bacon', 'The Expression of Horror', 'The Human Body', 'The Scene of Tragedy', 'The Portraits', and 'Sources of Inspiration'. Ficacci crowns his book with one of the finest capsulated biographies in print: each phase of Bacon's amazing career is played out in terse paragraphs as a timeline.
Though Ficacci dwells on eleven paintings, this book includes fine reproductions of most of Bacon's works from the earliest to the last, with many little inclusions of works rarely seen in other books. For a superb introduction to one of the 20th century's most influential artists in a readable and affordable scale, this book is among the top choices. Grady Harp, December 05