Francis Bacon, by Lawrence Gowing and Sam Hunter
Francis Bacon, An exhibition organized by James T. Demetrion, Hardcover – November 1, 1989 by Lawrence Gowing and Sam Hunter.. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution in association with Thames and Hudson.
Bacon is considered one of Britain's greatest contemporary painters; in fact, he has been a powerful presence in the art world for virtually half this century. In this exhibition catalog, noted British art historian Gowing and his American collaborator have done a thoughtful job of explaining Bacon's intensely morose artistic vision. In their essays they develop a few main themes, then devote the rest of the book to full-page color plates that allow for a chronological survey of the artist's painting. This range of visual imagery will be important for academic and specialized art study. Bacon's life is more clearly detailed in two earlier works, David Sylvester's The Brutality of Fact: Interviews with Francis Bacon (Thames & Hudson, 1987. rev. ed.) and Dawn Ades's Francis Bacon ( LJ 11/15/85). For libraries without either, this monograph is a good beginning.
- Paula A. Baxter, NYPL