A revealing talk by Michael Peppiatt, the art historian, biographer and great friend of Francis Bacon which will bring Britain’s greatest twentieth-century painter vividly back to life, both as an artist and as a man.
Peppiatt will describe how, as a student, he first met Bacon in a Soho pub in 1963 and how their legendary friendship evolved until Bacon’s death thirty years later. He will trace the painter’s extraordinary career, from a lonely boyhood in rural Ireland to being acknowledged as ‘the greatest living painter’ who dominated the international art world with his fearsome, enigmatic images that, even today, still shock by their intensity. Alongside his turbulent life, Bacon’s most important and influential paintings will be discussed in depth.
After the talk, signed copies of Francis Bacon in Your Blood, Peppiatt’s exhilarating memoir about his friendship with the artist, will be available.