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Francis Bacon


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Foreword; 1. The Round Area, the Ring; 2. Note on Figuration in Past Painting; 3. Athleticism; 4. Body, Meat, and Spirit: Becoming-Animal; 5. Recapitulative Note: Bacon's Periods and Aspects; 6. Painting and Sensation; 7. Hysteria; 8. Painting Forces; 9. Couples and Triptychs; 10. Note: What is a Triptych? 11. The Painting Before Painting... 12. The Diagram; 13. Analogy; 14. Every Painter Recapitulates the History of Painting in His or Her Own Way... 15. Bacon's Trajectory; 16. Note on Color

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Daniel W. Smith teaches in the Department of Philosophy at Purdue University. He has also translated Deleuze's Essays Critical and Clinical (with Michael A. Greco) and Pierre Klossowski's Nietzsche and the Vicious Circle.


Iconoclastic French philosopher Deleuze (1925-95) wrote this series of anti-analytical essays on specific paintings by his apparent muse, Francis Bacon, as the thinker began to formulate his approach to other aesthetic subjects (including cinema and literature). The French edition of this work, first published in 1981, came out in two volumes: the essays included here and a companion that printed the paintings discussed in these essays. The American publisher has done a disservice to both author and reader by failing to supply the images to accompany the essays. While publishing plates would have been costly, making arrangements for a companion web site is a technique other publishers have used successfully to amplify print text in our age. Nevertheless, Deleuze's developing style is well demonstrated by these essays, the translation of which maintains the philosopher's exacting use of syntax and tone to connote nonrational ideas clearly. Art historians as well as scholars of 20th-century intellectual history will find this a rich mine of original thought. Collection developers, however, should be sure that the appropriate Bacon images are available to potential readers.-Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley P.L., CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

manages to be both insightful and rigorous. A marriage made in pictorial hell.. Daily Telegraph

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