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Francis Bacon and Nazi Propaganda

by Martin Hammer

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 184976073X, Hardcover)

British artist Francis Bacon (1909–1992) was one of the most important artists of the 20th century. Here, Martin Hammer presents him as a “painter of modern life,” whose concern was to distill the feelings associated with living through the rise of Fascism in the 1930s, World War II, the revelations of the Holocaust, and then the early Cold War period. Against a backdrop of changing attitudes toward wartime memories and a gradual resurgence of interest in the war, Hammer offers extensive evidence of Bacon’s use of prewar Nazi propaganda photography as a springboard for painting. By exploring some of Bacon’s best-known and most compelling works, Hammer illuminates the artist’s aim to transmute challenging photographic sources into a reflection on the contemporary world.

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Francis Bacon is one of the most important artists of the twentieth century. In this original and compelling approach to his work, Martin Hammer presents Bacon as a 'painter of modern life', concerned to distil the feelings, sensations and memories associated with living through the rise of Fascism in the 1930's, the Second World War, the revelations of the Holocaust, and then the early Cold War and post-Colonial struggles. Hammer supports his argument with extensive evidence of Bacon's use of pre-war Nazi propaganda photography as a springboard for his paintings, examining some of Bacon's best-known and most compellilng works, including the pope pictures and the Crucifixion triptychs.… (more)

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