I absolutely loathe Bacon s paintings, but his life was fascinating The post war London art scene, the expats in Tangiers, the low dives of London s Soho all were goldmines of eccentricity, perversion, and arched wit This particular account is a bit too name drop y, so I had to skim through a lot to get to the lurid anecdotes Worth it though. Pretty good book Rushed it due to my dissertation deadline Nice insight into Francis. Having to give up on this one just because Francis Bacon s life makes mine feel small and lonely. Francis Bacon s work will always speak for itself, and for him, with unflinching and passionate power A biography is made of different material, but GILDED GUTTER LIFE works to give us an honest and human sized Bacon. francis bacon was both the flame that drew all to his charisma and the flame that burnt most of them to ash too daniel farson was his good friend and got himself burnt pretty bad too, but he took notes, and pics along the way, and after bacon passed away, wrote this unorthodox bio of one of the greatest painters of the 20th century, according to most the best bits to me are farson s loving evocations of the bars and cafes where they hung out, drinking way way too much at the colony and french pub, and eating lots and lots of oysters and fish at wheelers, along with ship loads of champagne a fun and fascinating chronicle of soho in the 40 s 80 s and good companion to tell alots like art pepper s Straight Life and larry river s What Did I Do The Unauthorized Autobiography of Larry Rivers I enjoyed reading this book His friend wrote it as a memoir because Francis didn t want a biography about himself, or anything published in his lifetime The author knew him well and told many stories from his life with many quotes Most every chapter starts with a Francis Bacon quote His emotional range went from severely cutting to mothering I think I learned about his vies on art from reading the book of interviews, but this gives a fuller picture and has photos from his life and family friends Many assume his work is about violence, a quote about his work and it s relationship to violence, It s to do with an attempt to remake the violence of reality itself And the violence of reality is not only the simple violence meat when you say a rose or something is violent, but it s the violence also of the suggestions within the image which can only be conveyed through paint At another point he talked about the beauty in seeing something like an accident in the road with the blood against the concrete with bodies scattered randomly and glass among the bodies He looked at the world in this way as an artist seeing shapes and images He was part of what became known as the School of London, that included Lucian Freud, Michael Andrews, Frank Auebach and Tim Behrens All artist Francis mostly drank with. I saw the Bacon exhibit in 1985 referenced in this book and to me it felt like he was the only other person in the world who understood my pain in my defence, I WAS only 21 Then, years later, I watched Love is the Devil with Derek Jacobi as Bacon and Daniel Craig as George Dyer and loved it it totally captured the spirit of the paintings I wanted to know and so eventually, after meaning to for ages, got round to this book It set me off to the film again where Daniel Farson appears played by Adrian Scarborough and to me the two texts if you ll pardon the rather pretentious term complement each other perfectly Farson knew his reluctant subject pretty well and the book inevitably portrays a complex character than the film could less vile and bitchy, genuinely devastated at George s death I recommend both the book and the film heartily.Now to find that YouTube clip where he has got Melvyn Bragg pissed Widely Regarded As The Best British Painter Since Turner, Very Little Is Known About Francis Bacon S Life In This, The First Ever Book To Be Written About Him, Daniel Farson, Friend And Confidant To Bacon For Over Forty Years, Gives A Highly Personal, First Hand Account Of The Man As He Knew Him From His Sexual Adventures To His Rise From Obscurity To International Fame, Farson Gives Us Unique Insight Into Bacon S Genius Existence is in a way so banal, you may as well try and make a kind of grandeur of it.Francis Bacon in conversation in Daniel Farson, The Gilded Gutter Life of Francis Bacon London Century, 1993 , 10 Murmurs of Desire If you really love life you re walking in the shadow of death all the timeDeath is the shadow of life, and the one is obsessed with life the one is obsesses with death I m greedy for life and I m greedy as an artist.Francis Bacon in conversation in Daniel Farson, The Gilded Gutter Life of Francis Bacon London Century, 1993 , 11 12I would like my pictures to look as if a human being had passed between them, like a snail, leaving a trail of the human presence and memory of the past events as the snail leaves its slime.Francis Bacon in conversation in Daniel Farson, The Gilded Gutter Life ofFrancis Bacon London Century, 1993 , 218 This is my second favourite biography of the last 10 years The first is Wendy Moffat s superb biography of EM Forster Like the Moffat, one reads this with notepad at hand modern people will use iPad or iPhone Jenny to jot down the names of other interesting people and books.This is not an academic biography but rather a friend of 45 years writing a memoir of that relationship, as well as some information about Bacon Most surprisingly it is very funny and incredibly witty in that oh so terribly terribly English way.Also it should be noted that one doesn t need to be a fan of Bacon s art at all Those seeking analysis and meaning as to Bacon s art should steer clear, but anyone interested in the man read asap.
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- The Gilded Gutter Life of Francis Bacon: The Authorized Biography
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