Francis Bacon: A Brush with Violence (2017)

IdleRich

IdleRich
I read a book about him once... wasn't that good. It was written by this guy who had discovered that his uncle (or something), mainly a painter and decorator but a part-time rent boy (I think), was a peripheral figure on that Soho fifties scene and wrote a kind of biography of his life over that time. Basically (reading between the lines) I think it was a few anecdotes stretched out to make a book and it tried to make the uncle a more central character than he was. I did like the story at the start about the main character meeting Bacon for the first time though and him (Bacon) being introduced as a painter, and the uncle, having no idea who he was, said "Oh really, me too".
 

version

Who loves ya, baby?
I've just remembered my favourite part of the film: Bacon claiming the two most handsome men in the world were Terence Stamp and Colonel Gaddafi.
 

luka

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Terence Stamp was outrageously good looking. Never picked up on Gaddffi before. I'll find some early pictures.
 
Did Bacon ever meet Beckett? I've tried digging around online, but it just produces academic stuff comparing the two.
Doesn't seem like it. from a cursory look,

Also in Minihan’s circle of friends was the artists Francis Bacon, who never met Beckett, despite Minihan’s efforts. “I always wanted to get the two together, but the moment never came. I drove Sam past Reece Mews, where Bacon had his studio, and I said, ‘That’s where Francis Bacon lives.’ Beckett said, ‘He’s very popular.’ And I knew that it wasn’t the time . . . They were like two stallions, I don’t think they’d have got along, though they had things in common.”
"Beckett, in black and white," Irish Times (25 Aug 2012)
 

yyaldrin

in je ogen waait de wind
don't think i ever conciously saw any of his work so i just looked it up and well those three panels that made him fameous are one of the ugliest things i have seen in my life. it makes me sick. is that why people think it's good?
 

catalog

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They are brilliant but yes a bit scary. I've seen them in real life and the thing I noticed most was how quick and rough he's been with the brush. I like bacon. The sash over the eyes, you look at it up close and its all over the place. But 2 metres away its magic
 

version

Who loves ya, baby?
don't think i ever conciously saw any of his work so i just looked it up and well those three panels that made him fameous are one of the ugliest things i have seen in my life. it makes me sick. is that why people think it's good?
What do you think of the three I posted on the first page?
 

luka

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there's one or two effects which are both brilliant and specific to Bacon. this kind of speed-blur/meat-smear effect for instance.
 

Corpsey

call me big papa
Lucien Freud paints in an ugly way, too. Greys, browns, the colours of dingy postwar England.

Contrast with the postwar American painters. Primary-bright abstracts. Pop art. A nation in its pomp.
 
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