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

Francis Bacon | Interview

David Sylvester speaks to Francis Bacon about his work.

CHANNEL | The Third Programme

FIRST BROADCAST | 23 March 1963

DURATION | 29 minutes 14 seconds

FIRSTBROADCAST

1963

Synopsis

Francis Bacon discusses his work and methods with David Sylvester. In this lauded interview, Bacon reveals his artistic influences, details his tightrope walk between abstract and figurative painting, and memorably describes his work as 'one continuous accident'. Bacon also talks about the practical side of his art, his application of paint and the glazing of his pictures, as well as the motivations behind his career.

Did you know?

David Sylvester was one of the most important critics to champion Francis Bacon. This is the first of Sylvester's interviews with Bacon, which are regarded as some of the best discussions with the artist on his work. They were published as a book, 'Interviews with Francis Bacon', in 1975 and came sixth in 'The Guardian' newspaper's 'Great Interviews of the 20th Century' collection.

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