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Francis Bacon: In Conversation with Michel Archimbaud: The Final Vision [Paperback]

Michel Archimbald , Editions Jean-Claude Lattes
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1 Jan 1994

Francis Bacon (1909-92) speaks openly to his close friend Michel Archimbaud, whose searching questions shed a new light on Bacon's work. The discussion is wide-ranging, touching on painting, literature and music, with candid revelations about Bacon's childhood, his relationship with his father, his friends and the influences that have shaped his art.

The conversation is punctuated with revealing and sometimes disparaging remarks about a whole host of artists, including, among others, Rubens, Blake, Monet, Cézanne, Picasso, Balthus, Giacometti, Shakespeare and Baudelaire. A most alluring volume on account of its combination of incisive interviews with the painter and extensive images of his studio, Francis Bacon exposes the man behind the myth in a subtle and sensitive manner. The text is both perfectly accessible and intellectually scintillating for anyone, no matter how familiar with the artist and his work.

These interviews can be regarded as Bacon's final vision, as they took place in the artist's studio in Paris between October 1991 and April 1992, shortly before he died. This edition is unique not only in the rarity of the material that it reveals but, moreover, in the distinctly down-to-earth and human outlook it adopts. This book embodies an unparalleled achievement as it succeeds in penetrating beyond the elusive, enigmatic and eccentric persona of artist.


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press (1 Jan 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714829838
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714829838
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 15.9 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 700,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michel Archimbaud has had a long-standing and highly distinguished career in the fields of television, radio, film and theatre production as well as publishing.

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Fascinating insight into the mind of the artist... Though personally was disappointed that it didn't directly explore his actual working practice, thought and ideas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent glimpse into Bacon's work and mind 27 Jun 2013
By Ben Brewer - Published on Amazon.com
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Though I think the collection of interviews with David Sylvester is more comprehensive and perhaps deeper record of Bacon's work and thought, this book also contains many important gems. Archimbaud was a close friend of Bacon's and that comes across in the interviews--they seem to have a certain shared familiarity. At times, Bacon even poses questions back to MA, and his answers are quite informative in their own right. Of course, as with anything Bacon says concerning himself and his art, Bacon often says things in here that directly contradict (or at least significantly complicate) statements he made in other places (the interviews with Sylvester). This is, however, no fault, but rather another fascinating characteristic of Bacon. Additionally, this work is distinct from the Sylvester interviews in that Bacon engages here in many discussions of the history of painting, literature, and music. Perhaps it was due to his failing health (Bacon died before the interviews could be completed), but you really get a great sense of Bacon's wariness of praising or canonizing anyone in the history of art, including himself.

Overall, if you're a fan of Bacon's work or are interested in 20th century painting, this book is a pleasure to read and a great resource.
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4.0 out of 5 stars off the track 2 Oct 2011
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This selection of interviews has many good things about it. It spends a lot of time asking about the relationship between music and painting. Not through the natural flow of the interview but instead at the initiative of Archiumbaud. To do this is to move off the track of the main point which is the painting of Francis Bacon.
I doubt that anyone hears music when they look at Bacon's work. The other book of interviews is better but this one is still well worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars if your an artist or lover of Bacon's work... 28 Feb 2003
By frederick g hartman - Published on Amazon.com
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this is the best book so far to describe Bacon's thought's and inner working's of his creations.I bought this title in a book store, but wanted to say that it's hard to come by and may be out of print.If you want to know the artist, if choosing one book, this is the book to have.
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