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Francis Bacon at the BBC | The artist discusses his paintings and influences

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The BBC Archive celebrates the life and work of Francis Bacon, one of the 20th Century's greatest artists. This collection is inspired by the retrospective of Bacon's work at Tate Britain.

This collection charts Francis Bacon's life and career, from the early 1960s until shortly before his death in 1992. The artist discusses his influences, his best-known paintings and his opinions of other artists, while art experts and historians explain the background to his vision.

Francis Bacon at the BBC Collection

Artist Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon

Interview

BROADCAST 1963
29 MINUTES

David Sylvester speaks to Francis Bacon about his work.

Francis Bacon

New Release

Pilot - Francis Bacon

RECORDED c. 1965
18 MINUTES

A lost interview with Francis Bacon from a pilot that was never broadcast.

Artist Francis Bacon

Arts Commentary

The Death of Actaeon

BROADCAST 1972
36 MINUTES

Francis Bacon discusses a Titian masterpiece.

Francis Bacon.

A Man Without Illusions

BROADCAST 1985
45 MINUTES

A study of reactions to the provocative work of Francis Bacon.

Artist Francis Bacon.

Kaleidoscope

Francis Bacon

BROADCAST 1991
29 MINUTES

'I'll go on until I drop'; Francis Bacon's last interview.

Artist Francis Bacon.

Centurions

Francis Bacon: Innocent Scream

BROADCAST 1999
14 MINUTES

Why was a Velazquez portrait such an enduring source of inspiration for Francis Bacon?

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