Wednesday October 14th, 5:30 pm
Book presentation, Francis Bacon: the Literary Atmosphere
Dialogue between the author Marco Tonelli and art critic Sergio Risaliti
The author recalls Bacon’s work analyzing the connections between some of the literary references that the artist himself defined as “atmospheres” and “images devices” for his own painting.
We know about Francis Bacon (1909-1992)’s readings thanks to what he said about them, thanks to the reports andworks by many and important critics which spent time with him, but mostly thanks to what was kept in his studio in London or in his house in Suffolk and to what was collected and filed at The Hugh Lane Dublin City Gallery, his home town.
Dostoevskij, Eschilo, Baudelaire, Proust, Freud, Joyce, Berlin, Nietzsche, Tolstoj, Conrad, Blixen, Eliot, Yeats, Pound, Burroughs, Bataille, Beckett, Gide, Tennesse Williams, Shakespeare, Spender are just some of the authors read and loved by Bacon, that prove his ample literary interests and that help us to understand the cultural background in which the works between 1944 and 1992 were realized.
These sources, often quoted by the most important Bacon scholars, never received the same amount of philological and “archeological” attention as the visuals ones, although we are dealing with written images or noteworthy passages that could have inspired Bacon’s pictorial imagination.
Marco Tonelli (Rome, 1971), art critic and curator, is currently Professor of Art History at Perugia Accademia di Belle Arti and the Artistic Director of the Materia Prima festival, Montelupo Fiorentino Fondazione Museo.
Sergio Risaliti is an art critic, curator, writer and reporter, he regularly collaborates with the Municipality of Florence for contemporary art projects.