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Milan Kundera -- The Painter's Brutal Gesture: On Francis Bacon

— an essay from the collection Encounter —


When Michel Archimbaud was planning this collection of Francis Bacon’s portraits and self-portraits, he asked me to write the book’s introduction.

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Prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue.

(Francis Bacon, Essays, Civil and Moral)


Bookworm Quote #11

“Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.”
Francis Bacon

Reader's Corner

The Body without Organs, Elements of Francis Bacon’s Paintings and Painting the Invisible: Sensation and the BwO

The Body without Organs

When you will have made him a body without organs, then you will have delivered him from all his automatic reactions and restored him to his true freedom. 7,775 more words


Induction - Lecture 2

Last week we spoke about the difference between science and religion. We said it could be conceptualised as one between belief and facts. The more, we investigated, however, what a fact is, the less certain we became of its status as a starting point for scientific investigation. 1,841 more words

Science And Belief

Edvin interpets Francis no. 6

Untitled. 2015. Edvin Larsson Scott. 40 x 60. Watercolour and charcoal on paper.

Francis Bacon version:

Left wing panel of Triptych – 1974. 1974. Francis Bacon 58 x 78. 8 more words