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Title Francis Bacon and the Brutality of Fact
Published Michael Blackwood Productions, 1985
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2019
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Description 1 online resource (streaming video file) (61 minutes): digital, .flv file, sound
Summary In his London studio, British painter Francis Bacon discusses his work and approach with David Sylvester, a friend and close observer of his art since the late 1940s. Central to their conversation are Bacon’s controversial, horrifying subjects, and surprising style. His representations of the human figure in portraits and triptychs link him, in his view, to the distorted realism of Van Gogh and Picasso, who also portrayed the intensity of life that Bacon calls “the brutality of fact.”
Notes Title from title frames
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Performer David Sylvester, Francis Bacon, John Deakin
Event Originally produced by Michael Blackwood Productions in 1985
Notes Mode of access: World Wide Web
In English
Subject Art
Documentary films
Genre/Form Documentary films.
Form Streaming video
Author Blackwood, Michael, film director
Sylvester, David, actor
Bacon, Francis, actor
Deakin, John, actor
Michael Blackwood Productions (Firm), Distributor.
Kanopy (Firm), Distributor.