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Francis Bacon at the BBC

Synopsis
The BBC Archive celebrates the life and work of Francis Bacon, one of the 20th Century’s greatest artists. This collection is inspired by the retrospective of Bacon’s work at Tate Britain.

Complete programmes, excerpts and documents charting Francis Bacon’s BBC television and radio appearances, from the early 1960s until shortly before his death in 1992, presented as a collection to coincide with Tate Britain’s 2008 retrospective of Bacon’s work. The artist discusses his influences, his best-known paintings and his opinions of other artists, while art experts and historians explain the background to his vision. Includes an 18-minute interview recorded for a pilot of a live arts discussion programme that was never broadcast. In this excerpt, Julian Jebb interviews Francis Bacon about his contemporaries in the art world, his working practices and his personal philosophies, such as his belief that true abstract painting is nothing more than ‘lyrical, charming and decorative’.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of production
1963 onwards
Subjects
Art
Keywords
archive television; Bacon, Francis (1909-1992); modern art

Online availability

URI
http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/bacon/index.shtml
Price
free
Delivery
Streamed

Credits

Contributor
Francis Bacon

Production Company

Name

BBC Television

Distributor

Name

BBC Archive

Web
http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/ External site opens in new window

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