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The Brutality of Fact: Interviews with Francis Bacon [Paperback]

David Sylvester
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23 Nov 1987
Ever since its first publication, this book - with its subsequent revised and augmented editions - has been considered a classic of its kind, and that reputation has become worldwide. As a discussion of problems of making art today it has been widely influential not only among artists but among writers and musicians. It has also been seen as the most revealing portrait that exists of one of the most singular artistic personalities of our time. Bacon's obsessive thinking about how to remake the human form in pain finds unique expression in his encounters with the distinguished art writer David Sylvester over a period of twenty-five years. In these masterfully and creatively reconstructed interviews, Sylvester has provided unparalleled access to the thought, work, and life of one of the creative geniuses of our century. With Bacon's recent death, no other work will ever match this achievement.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd; 3 edition (23 Nov 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500274754
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500274750
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 16.9 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The most fascinating art related book I have yet read. Never had I expected Bacon to be so open and Frank about his own work. I've read and re-read it and will no doubt do so again. There were obviously very few people Bacon would consider worth speaking to in depth about his art and I'm grateful that David Sylvester was of sufficient calibre in Francis' mind otherwise there would be very little written material other than entertaining anecdotes and misinterpretive reviews etc. I'd like to know if the complete interviews have been published yet?
John White
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insight to the mind of an artist 1 Sep 2008
This book reveals the mind of the artist, in his own words, without the distortion of an art critique. Bacon was 'in tune' with himself and with the time in which he lived and worked. His honest and truthful respons to the interviews should put speculations and theories about his paintings to naught.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment 6 April 2013
By jdjohn
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This is not a nice book to handle. It feels cheap. It looks, and smells, as if it's just been run off on the old office photocopier. All the pictures are in black and white which is somewhat perverse given Bacon's precise use of colour. The interviewer, Sylvester, seems to think he knows more about the subject than the subject himself. He asks loaded questions and admits to editing Bacon's answers. A far better buy is the book published by Phaidon of Bacon in conversation with Michel Archimbaud. Searching questions, enlightening answers, nice to handle, all the pictures in colour, and cheaper. I rest my case.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brutality of Fact 30 April 2012
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I found this book inspiring. Im not really a fan of Bacons work but I loved this book as a piece revealing the artists thoughts and views. I will read, reread and flick though this book again and again.
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