Kaleidoscope - Francis Bacon

In this interview, recorded in Bacon's 82nd year, the artist talks openly and movingly about his influences, his work and his ongoing passion for both life and painting. Although Bacon resists any attempt to eulogise him or his work, the sense of a great man looking back on a remarkable life suffuses the interview. Bacon restates his famous claim here that he 'doesn't draw'.

As visitors to Bacon exhibitions can testify, he actually left behind a great body of drawings, perhaps revealing that his work was more planned and meticulous than he liked to admit.

↗ Originally broadcast 17 August 1991.

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