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Bacon by Luigi Ficacci

Bacon by Luigi Ficacci

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Bacon by Luigi Ficacci is a 96-page hardcover published in 2010 by Taschen.  Light shelf wear to the dust jacket and small chip to the dust jacket's back flap edge.  Inside, the book is in very good condition.

Book Summary

Perhaps no artist of the 20th century expressed in painting the tragedy of existence more realistically than Francis Bacon. This does not mean the dramatic force of an abstract condition of human life for the representation of something that might accidentally happen in one's personal life, but the inner and unrepresentable sense of individual and intimate existence. In Bacon, rendering the sense of existence inevitably provokes a violently tragic expression. The tragic sense of existence is not a constant theme in every civilization, but it is a specific condition of European man in the modern era. And Bacon confronts it with such a concrete, penetrating, and truthful interpretation of human nature as to transform that sense into an imminent and disturbing reality. On the contrary, the objective reality of life becomes an appearance for him, which only the practice of painting can transform into a current and flagrant value.

Over the last few years, studies of Francis Bacon's work have made great progress, exploiting an extraordinary quantity of documentary materials pertaining to both his life and works. We now dispose of a vast body of detailed information about the biographical and cultural circumstances that accompanied the executive execution of individual works. But in order to grasp the fundamentals of his poetic, we must set aside the documentary information and limit ourselves to an interpretation of 11 masterpieces from different phases of his career. This will allow the elements of his art to emerge integrally, in the uniqueness of his works in their exceptional formal genius.

ISBN:  978-3-8365-2544-2

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