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

A Man Without Illusions

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

CHANNEL | Radio 3

FIRST BROADCAST | 16 May 1985

DURATION | 44 minutes 47 seconds

FIRSTBROADCAST

1985

Synopsis

The startling, intense images produced by Francis Bacon provoked many reactions during his lifetime. These ranged from simplistic psychological approaches to appreciation of his manipulation of pigment, which Bacon always put down to intuition and luck, but critic David Sylvester believed to have links to the 'country house' portraits of England's past. Richard Cork explores these and other theories in his discussions with art critics and with Bacon himself to discover the truth behind this 'man without illusions'.

Did you know?

Richard Cork and David Sylvester here discuss Bacon's use of a swastika as a possible pictorial device, referring to Bacon's 1965 painting entitled 'Crucifixion'. The left panel of this triptych contains a figure wearing an armband emblazoned with a swastika.

Contributors

Presenter
Dawn Ades
Contributor
Contributor
Richard Francis
Contributor
Richard Hamilton
Contributor
Donald Kuspit
Contributor
Contributor
Margaret Walters
Contributor
Judith Bumpus
Producer

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