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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute MUST for any artist; especially: 'fine artists'
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...
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2.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment
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...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute MUST for any artist; especially: 'fine artists', 6 Oct 1998
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This review is from: The Brutality of Fact: Interviews with Francis Bacon (Paperback)
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?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insight to the mind of an artist, 1 Sep 2008
This review is from: The Brutality of Fact: Interviews with Francis Bacon (Paperback)
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
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 21 Feb 2013
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An excellent collection of interviews captures the inner aspects and intellect of Bacon. A fascinating read of a wonderful insight into the mechanics, philosophy and sheer honesty of an extra ordinary man.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A window, 18 Mar 2011
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The collected interviews are merged into a more coherent whole.
Well worth the price to see inside the mind of a great artist
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5.0 out of 5 stars Baconite, 7 Mar 2011
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I have wanted this book for some time.The must for all Francis Bacon fans.Well worth the purchase, I love it.
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