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Francis Bacon: A Brush with Violence
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“In the wilderness of postwar art he is the towering giant,” wrote Brian Sewell in Radio Times back in 1984, taking fellow art critics and the public to task for “seeing only violence and ugliness” and perhaps missing the “astonishing mastery” in Francis Bacon’s body of work. And, in 1971, Bacon himself told RT that he favoured the word “immediacy” over “violence” to describe the “powerful presence of living creatures” in his often disturbing paintings.
Now, 25 years after his death aged 82, BBC2 strips back the layers of his public image, what they describe as “a carefully cultivated façade”, to expose the complex man behind the myth and the issues that haunted him.
Among contributions from art historians, we hear from Marianne Faithfull, Terence Stamp, artists Maggi Hambling and Damien Hirst – some of Bacon’s intimate circle talking about him openly for the first time.
Documentary exploring just how much of Francis Bacon's notoriety as a rude, drunken loudmouth was a carefully curated front he maintained to protect the complex and haunted man behind his own myth. Making use of interviews with celebrity commentators, fellow artists, and some of the people who knew him best, this programme sets out to deconstruct the perceived and hidden identities of the man known as one of the most sought-after British artists of the 20th century.
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Jon Lys Turner
Dr Paul Brass
Richard Curson Smith
Richard Curson Smith
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