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

New Release | Pilot - Francis Bacon

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

CHANNEL | Unknown

RECORDED | circa 1965

DURATION | 18 minutes 12 seconds

RECORDED

1965

Synopsis

This pilot for a live arts discussion programme was never broadcast, although the series that followed ran for over 130 editions. In this excerpt, Julian Jebb interviews Francis Bacon about his contemporaries in the art world, his working practices and his personal philosophies, such as his belief that true abstract painting is nothing more than 'lyrical, charming and decorative'.

Did you know?

As was common at the time, this interview concludes with both participants reaching for their cigarettes. Having cigarettes, and occasionally alcohol, on hand for intimate discussions such as this was thought to be a good way to get the guests to relax. In this interview, Bacon references a piece he wrote about Matthew Smith for a 1953 Tate exhibition of Smith's work. He claimed at the time that Smith's art made 'a direct assault upon the nervous system' and cited him as an influence on his own work.

Contributors

Presenter
Contributor
Producer

Associated subjects

More like this...

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?

BBC navigation

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.