Francis Bacon - Interview

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.

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.

↗ Originally broadcast 23 March 1963.

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