PRINT January 1965


Francis Bacon, The Golden Age of Spanish Sculpture, 100 European Drawings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Soutine

John Rothenstein and Ronald Alley, Francis Bacon (New York: Viking), 1964.

IT HAS OFTEN been noted that writers never seem to live up to their pre-Nobel Prize performances, and that the Academy Award is usually the kiss of death to an actor’s career. One can only hope that Francis Bacon can survive this strange tribute of a catalogue raisonné of what one hopes will only be a frac­tion of his output. The book surveys and documents Bacon’s entire career, from his early abstract works (we have come to that) to the summer of 1963. An excellent selection of color plates is backed up by over 250 black and white reproductions, over 200 works are pre­cisely catalogued, there is a chronology of the artist’s life, a list of one-man exhibitions, a bibliography, and three appendices: one on “abandoned pic­tures,” one on “destroyed pictures,” and one given over to problems in dating.

When Bacon is right,

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