Francis Bacon: The Logic of Sensation

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A&C Black, Jun 22, 2003 - Philosophy - 209 pages
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Gilles Deleuze was one of the most influential and revolutionary philosophers of the twentieth century. Francis Bacon: The Logic of Sensation is his long-awaited work on Bacon,widely regarded as one of the most radical painters of the twentieth century.The book presents a deep engagement with Bacon's work and the nature of art. Deleuze analyzes the distinctive innovations that came to mark Bacon's style: the isolation of the figure, the violation deformations of the flesh, the complex use of color, the method of chance, and the use of the triptych form. Along the way, Deleuze introduces a number of his own famous concepts, such as the 'body without organs' and the 'diagram,' and contrasts his own approach to painting with that of both the phenomenological and the art historical traditions.Deleuze links Bacon's work to CTzanne's notion of a 'logic' of sensation, which reaches its summit in color and the 'coloring sensation.' Investigating this logic, Deleuze explores Bacon's crucial relation to past painters such as Velasquez, CTzanne, and Soutine, as well as Bacon's rejection of expressionism and abstract painting.Long awaited in translation, Francis Bacon is destined to become a classic philosophical reflection on the nature of painting.
  

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Review: Francis Bacon: The Logic of Sensation

User Review  - Mary - Goodreads

An amazing and important work on aesthetics, painting, figuration and bacon. Great great great read for artists and writers alike. Read full review

Review: Francis Bacon: The Logic of Sensation

User Review  - Kathryn - Goodreads

Deleuze has a surprising, and wonderful, sense of humor. I found the book to be a bit redundant, but all and all it gave me a different point of view in thinking about the works of Bacon. Read full review

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Contents

The Round Area the Ring
1
Note on Figuration in Past Painting
8
Athleticism
12
Body Meat and Spirit BecomingAnimal
20
Recapitulative Note Bacons Periods and Aspects
27
Painting and Sensation
34
Hysteria
44
Painting Forces
56
The Diagram
99
Analogy
111
Every Painter Recapitulates the History of Painting in His or Her Own Way
122
Bacons Path
135
Note on Color
144
The Eye and the Hand
154
Index of Paintings
162
Notes
173

Couples and Triptychs
65
Note What Is a Triptych?
74
The Painting before Painting
86

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Gilles Deleuze was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris VIII. Daniel W. Smith is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Purdue University, USA. He has translated books by Gilles Deleuze, Pierre Klossowski and Isabelle Stengers.

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