Francis Bacon : Revelations

Francis Bacon : Revelations
Author: Mark Stevens Annalyn Swan
Rating: 4.08
Bestsellers Rate: 83086
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Book Format: Hardback
Binding: None
Pages: 880
Hours of reading: 14.7 hours
Publication Date: 2021
Languages: | English |
Price: 34,15 €

About the book

'Must surely be the definitive life of Francis Bacon ... A biography that no Bacon fan - or indeed foe - can afford to overlook ... Mesmerising' THE TIMES 'A magnificent triumph ... I was captivated by every line' OBSERVER A decade in the making, based upon hundreds of interviews and extensive new material, Pulitzer Prize winners Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan have written a startlingly original portrait - rich, complex, and subtle - of a commanding modern figure. Bacon concealed many important aspects of his life. He described himself as an asthmatic child in Ireland with foxhunting parents and a tyrannical father, but he was also rescued by a series of formidable women - women who in this biography emerge in their own right. He was never just a dissolute young man but was also a passionate reader, largely self-taught. Early on, influenced by Eileen Gray, he became a hard-working and ambitious designer, a brief career explored here in detail for the first time. He dreamed of remaking the modern room. Bacon worked no less hard or ambitiously as a painter, at first with little success. Throughout the 1930s and early '40s he suffered ongoing failures, growing isolated and often ill. His health issues throughout his life were far more significant than he revealed. Then came his astonishing breakthrough in 1944, with Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion. In the following decades, he emerged as one of the great iconoclasts and bon vivants of his time, a Wildean figure whom one friend called 'a terrific grandee.' Bacon was typically celebrated as a sexual adventurer who liked rough trade, but he never stopped longing for a serious committed relationship, however painful. He continued to make disturbing images of the strangeness within, but developed into a more varied artist than has been recognised, creating in particular an extraordinary series of self-portraits. He was an artist who believed in chance and paradox: the iconoclast eventually became an icon. This is a story, deeply researched and masterfully told, of a sickly boy who became one of the great figures of his time. The twentieth century does not know itself without Bacon.

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Picked as a book to look out for in 2021 by THE GUARDIAN, THE TIMES, THE SUNDAY TIMES, THE FINANCIAL TIMES AND THE OBSERVER 'A spectacularly good biography which I adored' Max Porter, R4 Front Row 'Meticulously researched and compelling' Guardian 'Must surely be the definitive life of Francis Bacon ... A biography that no Bacon fan - or indeed foe - can afford to overlook ... Presents a mesmerising portrait of a performer commanding the stage of the 20th century' The Times 'A captivating triumph ... [A] magnificent new life of the artist ... It rings as clearly as a bell. I cannot remember the last time I was so aware of the sheer hard labour involved in biography, even as I was captivated by every line. (They slogged, so I didn't have to.) ... It's fascinating (and startling) ... Where they really triumph is in their sympathetic, psychologically convincing accounts of his love life' Rachel Cooke, Observer, Book of the Week 'The definitive biography ... an incomparable resource for art historians, dealers, curators and collectors' Financial Times 'A weighty, thorough and compelling biography of the artist that records nine decades of intense moments ... This authorised life brings the carousing, the paintings and the public and private lives together to form a convincing and often touching whole ... Resonant' Sunday Times 'Compelling ... From his early failures to the untimely death of two of his lovers, the life of the Dublin-born artist is laid bare in this absorbing read ... Stylish and well-researched biography ... A cracking read from start to finish' Irish Independent 'Authoritative and fascinating ... This book is engaging in so many ways ... full of human interest and fascinating detail ... [The] seamlessly written double act is a magnificent, monumental achievement' Sunday Independent

Mark Stevens Biography

Mark Stevens is a best-selling author, CEO of MSCO, a results-driven management and marketing firm and a popular media commentator on a host of business matters including marketing, branding, management and sales. He is known for delivering business insights with blunt truths and unconventional wisdom. Stevens' firm, MSCO, represents a stellar roster of clients including Nike, Starwood, GE, Guardian Life, Intrawest, Estee Lauder, The MONY Group, Environmental Systems Products, Virgin Air, and many others. Through integrated marketing campaigns, MSCO focuses on achieving real results for its clients, instead of awards that serve egos. Mark Stevens possesses an innovative and iconoclastic view of the business world, having served as a journalist and nationally syndicated columnist and in management positions at several global corporations. His incisive understanding of critical business issues is geared toward achieving extraordinary growth and success for his clients. Stevens is an in-demand speaker at organizations from Wharton, Nike, and Oracle. A frequent guest commentator, he lends his insights and opinions on a wide variety of marketing/branding topics on Fox Business Network, Associated Press, CNN International and Bloomberg TV to CNBC, MSNBC, NPR and Bloomberg Radio on the annual subject of Super Bowl Advertising to Before You Tie the Knot: Tips on Creating a Successful Business Partnership (Wall Street Journal), Why Successful Business People Don't Sleep (The New York Times) and Be A Better Boss (Forbes.com). Steven's wildly successful blog, "Unconventional Thinking" is ranked among the "Top 10 Marketing Blogs in the World" by blogged.com. Stevens shook the marketing establishment with his Business Week bestseller, Your Marketing Sucks (Random House/Crown Business, 2003), and redefined the rules of management with Your Management Sucks (Random House/Crown Business, 2006). His latest book, Your Company Sucks focuses on the Four Reasons ALL Companies Fail. Stevens is the author of 25 business books including these bestsellers: The Big Eight; King Icahn; Sudden Death: The Rise and Fall of EF Hutton (a Wall Street Journal bestseller and Library Journal "Business Book of the Year"). Books by Mark Stevens have been published in the USA, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, China, Germany, Spain, Japan, Russia, and Brazil. ... Read full biography

Authors: Mark Stevens Annalyn Swan
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Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint: William Collins
Languages: | English |
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ISBN13: 9780007298419
ISBN10: 0007298412
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Illustrations: 60 col plates (24pp)
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Book Format: Hardback
Book Binding: None
Paper: None
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Pages: 880
Book Weight: 1340
Book Dimensions: 159x240x60
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Publication date: March 1, 2021
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Publication City/Country: London, United Kingdom

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