200 pages soft back first published in 2006.
This book brings both Bacon the man and Bacon the painter vividly to life, focusing for the first time on this key period in his development. Michael Peppiatt, the leading authority on Bacon and a close friend of the artist for thirty years, offers a ground-breaking study of the artist that reveals essential keys to understanding Bacon’s mysterious and subversive art. The book presents a wide range of paintings (many of them rarely or never seen before) representing all of Bacon’s major themes during the 1950’s, analyses the significant developments in his art, and assess the particular importance of key works. Also included, amongst other hitherto unpublished material, are the revealing letters from Bacon to his dealer Erica Brausen, and the artist’s correspondence with his friends and patrons Robert and Lisa Sainsbury.