Francis bacon and the loss of self

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Francis Bacon: and the Loss of Self by Ernst van Alphen

According to most of the critical commentary on Francis Bacon, the paintings by this crucially important artist are about violence, torment, fragmentation and loss. However, Ernst van Alphen argues that it is the violence done to the viewer that needs to be addressed if we are to understand how these works function.

In this provocative and highly original interpretation of Bacons art, the author offers close readings of significant works, discussing them in relationship to theories of schizophrenia, masculinity and contemporary literature, as well as issues of representation and visuality. By looking at the paintings in intricate detail and exploring their connections within cultural theory, van Alphen brings Bacon into the context of the contemporary critical debate.

This examination of critical reactions to Bacon is very welcome—The Art Newspaper
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Francis Bacon’s Finest Self-Portrait

According to most of the critical commentary on Francis Bacon, the paintings by this crucially important artist are about violence, torment, fragmentation and loss.
Ernst van Alphen

Francis Bacon: and the Loss of Self

According to most of the critical commentary on Francis Bacon, the paintings by this crucially important artist are about violence, torment, fragmentation and loss. However, Ernst van Alphen argues that it is the violence done to the viewer that needs to be addressed if we are to understand how these works function. In this provocative and highly original interpretation of Bacon's art, the author offers close readings of significant works, discussing them in relationship to theories of schizophrenia, masculinity and contemporary literature, as well as issues of representation and visuality. By looking at the paintings in intricate detail and exploring their connections within cultural theory, van Alphen brings Bacon into the context of the contemporary critical debate. This examination of critical reactions to Bacon is very welcome The Art Newspaper. If you know the book but cannot find it on AbeBooks, we can automatically search for it on your behalf as new inventory is added. If it is added to AbeBooks by one of our member booksellers, we will notify you!

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Enlarge Image. According to most of the critical commentary on Francis Bacon, the paintings by this crucially important artist are about violence, torment, fragmentation and loss. However, Ernst van Alphen argues that it is the violence done to the viewer that needs to be addressed if we are to understand how these works function. In this provocative and highly original interpretation of Bacon's art, the author offers close readings of significant works, discussing them in relationship to theories of schizophrenia, masculinity and contemporary literature, as well as issues of representation and visuality. By looking at the paintings in intricate detail and exploring their connections within cultural theory, van Alphen brings Bacon into the context of the contemporary critical debate. Acknowledgements Introduction 1. Narrative 2.

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Not knowing what to expect exactly I had heard the name but never had a reason until now to get more into it I found some first images, and their effect on me was instant. This post is not so much about whether I find his work inspiring, but more about the intrigue I found in it. There is inspiration there, but it comes only after the intrigue. To gain a better understanding about his work I searched for related books, and eventually one in particular caught my eye. Why is that? Could it be that these paintings wake a certain memory in the viewer, a personal memory they have been trying to forget?

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  1. Since his death in April 12 Francis Bacon has been acclaimed as one of the very greatest of modern painters. Yet most analyses of Bacon actually neutralize his.

  2. recyclemefree.org: Francis Bacon: and the Loss of Self (Essays in Art and Culture) ( ): Ernst van Alphen: Books.

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