Sunday, 27 November 2011

Objective Proficiency p 58. Francis Bacon. Extra Listening

When did you first feel the rush of stealthily mannered grotesquerie that is Francis Bacon‘s Study after Velázquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X? If you’ve seen the painting in detail, even in reproduction, you’ll always remember that moment. By the same token, if you watch this Emmy Award-winning profile of Francis Bacon (above), you’ll always remember these 51 minutes. A production of London Weekend Television (now ITV London).  In 1985 it turned its lens toward Bacon, when his canvasses of human figures, often in triptych, just abstracted enough to cause subconscious trouble, reached a peak on the art market. Roving from gallery to studio to café to bar, the program reveals an artist, one then held, in the words of host Melvyn Bragg, to be the greatest living painter in the world.

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