“Whether the distortions which I think sometimes bring the image over more violently are damage is a very questionable idea. I don’t think it is damage. You may say it’s damaging if you take it on the level of illustration. But not if you take it on the level of what I think of as art. One brings the sensation and the feeling of life over the only way one can. I don’t say it’s a good way, but one brings it over at the most acute point one can…”
“[W]hen you’re outside a tradition, as every artist is today, one can only want to record one’s own feelings about certain situations as closely to one’s own nervous system as one possibly can.” –Francis Bacon
FIRST EDITION OF BACON’S MOST REVEALING BOOK, INSCRIBED BY BACON ON HALF-TITLE: “To Carlos Peacock / with all very best wishes / Francis Bacon. / London 22/11/77”.
Interviews with Francis Bacon is the most important source we have for understanding Bacon’s art and philosophy. Through Bacon’s responses to the influential art critic and Bacon scholar David Sylvester’s provocative questions, we gain invaluable insight into the one of the greatest artistic minds of the twentieth century.
This copy was inscribed by Bacon to the influential art critic Carlos Peacock, author of several books on artists.
Complete with 94 black-and-white illustrations. London: Thames and Hudson, 1975. Quarto (8x11 in; 20.5x27.5 cm), original pictorial stiff covers; beautiful custom half-leather box. A little peeling of the glossy surface at top edge of front panel, some toning to rear panel (as often). Rare signed.
Price: $2,900 .