Thursday, January 31, 2013

Francis Bacon Interviews on BBC Archives

A series of BBC interviews with Francis Bacon can be heard on the BBC Archives pages. The collection charts various stages in the artist's career spanning from the early 1960s until shortly before his death in 1992 at the age of 82. In some clips, the artist's discussion of his work is supplemented by the opinions of art critics, historians and other artists.

In the final clip 'Kaleidoscope', Bacon talks candidly about his influences, his artistic works and his lifelong desire to paint. The interview's purpose to reveal the inner thought processes and influences on one of the most important British painters of the twentieth century comes second to its emotional power as an old man's account of his wonderful life.

Best listened to before bedtime with a blanket and a cup of cocoa!