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A concise and gripping encounter with Francis Bacon, one of the most individual, powerful, and disturbing painters of the 20th century. Emerging into notoriety in the period following World War II, Bacon developed a unique figurative form, distorted, dismembered, and writhing with intense emotional content.
Hardcover8.3 x 10.2 in.1.25 lb96 pages



Forms of Feeling

The human body in distress

Largely self-taught as an artist, Francis Bacon (1909–1992) developed a unique ability to transform interior and unconscious impulses into figurative forms and intensely claustrophobic compositions.

Emerging into notoriety in the period following World War II, Bacon took the human body as his nominal subject, but a subject ravaged, distorted, and dismembered so as to writhe with intense emotional content. With flailing limbs, hollow voids, and tumurous growths, his gripping, often grotesque, portraits are as much reflections on the trials and the traumas of the human condition as they are character studies. These haunting forms were also among the first in art history to depict overtly homosexual themes.
The author

Luigi Ficacci studied art history in Rome under Giulio Carlo Argan. For many years, he was curator at the Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica in Rome and general museum director (Soprintendente ai Beni Culturali) in Bologna and in Lucca. He also lectured at various Italian universities. Until 2021, he was director of the Central Institute for Restoration (Istituto centrale per il restauro) in Rome. The focal points of his research work are the issues raised by 17th and 18th century and contemporary Italian and European art.

Hardcover21 x 26 cm0.56 kg96 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-5969-0

Edition: English
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Born back in 1985, the Basic Art Series has evolved into the best-selling art book collection ever published. Each book in TASCHEN’s Basic Art series features:
• a detailed chronological summary of the life and oeuvre of the artist, covering his or her cultural and historical importance
• a concise biography
• approximately 100 illustrations with explanatory captions



7 Ratings

Inside the mind of a disturbed genius

Paul,October 27, 2021
One of the most fascinating artists of the twentieth century. All his key works in this slim volume, along with illuminating text by Luigi Ficacci.

Good choice

Neringa,October 27, 2021
Very nicely illustrated book. Some unexpected never seen before Bacon paintings. Impressive! Beautifully written.

Interesting edition

Ilona,October 27, 2021
A very informative book, however would love to have it in a multi lingual edition with German and English as well.

A Bacon Sandwich

John,October 27, 2021
This was one of a number of books I purchased in a sale and it’s a great summary insight into the artists life and works and another excellent piece of work by Taschen


Peter,October 29, 2021
Die weiße Reihe in Bestform. Informativ, ansprechend, anregend.


Òscar,October 27, 2021
Un excelente libro reducido sobre la principal obra de este artista tan interesante y a un precio muy competitivo