Francis Bacon in Your Blood

Michael Peppiatt


Francis Bacon in Your Blood

Francis Bacon in Your Blood

  • Title: Francis Bacon in Your Blood
  • Author: Michael Peppiatt
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  • Page: 467
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It is a story I have been wanting to write for a long time, telling it as it really was before that whole world that I shared with Francis vanishes Michael Peppiatt met Francis Bacon in June 1963 in Soho s French House to request an interview for a student magazine he was editing Bacon invited him to lunch, and over oysters and Chablis they began a friendship and a noIt is a story I have been wanting to write for a long time, telling it as it really was before that whole world that I shared with Francis vanishes Michael Peppiatt met Francis Bacon in June 1963 in Soho s French House to request an interview for a student magazine he was editing Bacon invited him to lunch, and over oysters and Chablis they began a friendship and a no holds barred conversation that would continue until Bacon s death thirty years later Fascinated by the artist s brilliance and charisma, Peppiatt accompanied him on his nightly round of prodigious drinking from grand hotel to louche club and casino, seeing all aspects of Bacon s gilded gutter life and meeting everybody around him, from Lucian Freud and Sonia Orwell to East End thugs from predatory homosexuals to Andy Warhol and the Duke of Devonshire He also frequently discussed painting with Bacon in his studio, where only the artist s closest friends were ever admitted The Soho photographer, John Deakin, who introduced the young student to the famous artist, called Peppiatt Bacon s Boswell Despite the chaos Bacon created around him Peppiatt managed to record scores of their conversations ranging over every aspect of life and art, love and death, the revelatory and hilarious as well as the poignantly tragic Gradually Bacon became a kind of father figure for Peppiatt, and the two men s lives grew closely intertwined In this intimate and deliberately indiscreet account, Bacon is shown close up, grand and petty, tender and treacherous by turn, and often quite unlike the myth that has grown up around him This is a speaking portrait, a living likeness, of the defining artist of our times.


Recent Comments "Francis Bacon in Your Blood"

Almost gave up on this one early because I wasn't sure I liked the tone, but I'm glad I stuck with it. The more I read the better it got; the longer I was in that world the more I liked being there. Basically a memoir based around his friendship with Bacon, their interactions over the years, flipping between London and Paris. Didn't need to be a bio to get a good feel for who Bacon was, the lifestyle he led, the circles he ran in. A nice little peek into the high-octane art world.

It's sort of inspiring to read about the way Francis Bacon would spend money - endless rounds of drinks for himself and all his friends (and plenty of people who became his friends because he bought them drinks), dinner night after night at the most expensive restaurants in Paris and London, him always footing the bill for everyone. All in all, a fat fucking pig wallowing in excess While I don't exactly dream of being rich, it makes me think maybe I could stand to be a little bit looser, more ge [...]

bbc/programmes/b066v39qDescription: Adrian Scarborough reads Michael Peppiatt's intimate and indiscreet account of his thirty-year friendship with the defining artist of our time.Michael Peppiatt met Francis Bacon in June 1963 in Soho's French House to request an interview for a student magazine. Bacon invited him to lunch, and over oysters and Chablis they began a friendship and a no-holds-barred conversation that would continue until Bacon's death in 1992.The Soho photographer, John Deakin, wh [...]

From BBC Radio 4 - Book of the Week:Adrian Scarborough reads Michael Peppiatt's intimate and indiscreet account of his thirty-year friendship with the defining artist of our time.Michael Peppiatt met Francis Bacon in June 1963 in Soho's French House to request an interview for a student magazine. Bacon invited him to lunch, and over oysters and Chablis they began a friendship and a no-holds-barred conversation that would continue until Bacon's death in 1992.The Soho photographer, John Deakin, wh [...]

Completely perfect

19 AUG 2015 - recommended by Bettie. Thanks!

I really liked this book. It is well written and multifaceted. It's true that there is some repetition of things Francis Bacon said but I think he repeated them because he thought they were important and didn't want them to be forgotten by his faithful friend and biographer. He would also paint the same subject in multiple studies, another form of his repetition and underscoring of important ideas and images. There seemed to be a need for more ways than one to say the same thing. As I read, I wo [...]

Michael Peppiatt's memoir of life with the great painter Francis Bacon is rich in alcohol and every expensive meal they ate. If Peppiatt added recipes to this book, it would have been one of the great cookbooks of all time. On the other hand, we have lives here that spent the greatest of all possible times. Depression is around the corner, but when you're drinking the finest alcoholic drinks and eating food like today will be your last, it is hard to feel sorry for the participants in Bacon's li [...]

If you picked up Michael Peppiatt's book looking for a biography of Bacon, you're going to be disappointed. Yes, there are plenty of facts here. But no, Bacon-biog isn't the point. This is a book about Peppiatt, himself. Actually, it's more of a Venn diagram about how the writer's life intersects with Bacon, though I must admit I am picturing such a diagram being loosely sketched on canvas by Francis himself, using the bin lid he kept for such circumference-related purposes. To be fair, this boo [...]

As a big fan of Francis bacon, this book added great insight to his life and work, I have read several books with fb as subject and this is clearly the best

Grizzly and glorious I discovered Bacon in my high school years and found myself revisiting him again during my Fine Art degree in college. I have always been drawn to him and not only on his work surface but as an individual beyond the artist title, an inspiration not only on the canvas but also with his interesting point of views and his waspish, yet quite accurate, remarks.I wanted a break from fiction and the horror genre and wanted to dabble into reading something real and somewhat biograph [...]

As a young student in Swingin’ Sixties London, Michael Peppiatt met the star of British contemporary art, Francis Bacon. Initially just hoping to secure an interview for a university magazine, what followed was thirty years of friendship, late nights, copious amounts of champagne, and an interview that never really ended.The author of an acclaimed biography of Francis Bacon, Michael Peppiatt here presents more of his own story, albeit one told through the lens of a decades long friendship with [...]

Peppiatt, Michael. Francis Bacon in Your Blood: A Memoir In his memoir of Francis Bacon - ‘Artist of the Macabre’ as labelled by the New York Times - Michael Pepppiatt gets right under the skin of his subject. Even when abroad, in Paris or New York, he is forever trying to ‘get more to grips intellectually and imaginatively with Francis’s paintings.’ He sees himself as Boswell to Bacon’s Johnson, or, more revealingly perhaps, as a son seeking a father figure, for Peppiatt was never c [...]

A memoir about hanging out with an iconic artist that manages to be both fascinating and banal at the same time.Peppiatt lucked into a friendship with the painter Francis Bacon while the former was a student at Cambridge. Having decided on a whim to do an art issue of the school paper, Peppiatt finagles an introduction to Bacon and hits the jackpot: Bacon has a habit of adding random people to his entourage, and takes a liking to Peppiatt. Thus was a contemporary Johnson/Boswell relationship bor [...]

If you are looking for a biography of Francis Bacon or a book discussing his paintings, may I suggest one of the OTHER books on Francis Bacon that Michael Peppiatt has written because THIS one is a memoir of Peppiatt's time (over a decade) he spent with the painter hanging out in restaurants, bars, parties, doing all sorts of drinking and whatnot.Francis Bacon is probably one of my top 3 favorite painters of the 20th century. So already I figured I would like this book. What I did not count on w [...]

"All painting, well all art, is about sensation. What least it should be. After all, life itself is about sensation."A friend of Bacon’s for decades, Peppiatt delivers an intimate image of the man and his London and Paris milieus in all their seediness and splendor. It’s a a candid portrayal of a man who could be very generous, even with his foes, and very petty, even with his friends, but acutely aware of his own frailties; a social animal, gregarious, witty, amusing and full of contradicti [...]

"Francis Bacon in Your Blood will appeal to those with a soft spot for rough trade, Performance seen as cinema verité, Bowie's 'Queen Bitch,' Edward St. Aubyn's tours through the perverse and mortifying sides of gilt-and-gin-drenched English manners, and emotional carnivores in abattoir-red lipstick. –Howard Hampton on Michael Peppiatt's Francis Bacon in Your Blood in the December/January 2016 issue of Bookforum To read the rest of this review, go to Bookforum: bookforum/inprint/022_04

As an expat, this book made me yearn for Soho and all of its salubrious delights!Peppiatt draws you into the world of expensive restaurants, exclusive hotels and seemingly endless bottles of champagne in much the same way he himself was absorbed into Bacons inner circle.Rather than a memoir, this book feels like sitting with an old friend while they (sometimes indiscreetly) tell you of their adventures over a few bottles one night.Intimate and informative, I didn't want the night to end.

This is a miracle of a memoir: far more about a fascinating time, place and person than about the author himself. Peppiatt has been called Boswell to artist Francis Bacon's Johnson. The writing and pacing are excellent in this story of the art world and seamy underbellies of London and Paris in the 1960s.

I am fond of Francis Bacon's art. I did not finish this book as it just became too too tedious reading about all the alcohol and all night partying. I believe it did happen. I just did not need to read about it for page after page after page. :-)

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Fascinating story drenched in nostalgia for a fairly unpleasant man who drank in interesting places. Absorbing stuff.

this gilded gutter life

записки собутыльника, правда в процессе много проясняется про философию Френсиса


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