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Günther, Katharina
Francis Bacon - in the mirror of photography : collecting, preparatory practice and painting / Katharina Günther.
Additional Title(s):
In the mirror of photography
Berlin : De Gruyter, [2022]
Physical Description:
446 pages : illustrations (some color), facsimiles, portraits ; 25 cm
Reference Library
NJ18.B13 G86 2022 (LC)
Accessible in the Reference Library [Hours]
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Originally presented as the author's thesis (doctoral)--University of Cologne, 2019.
Appendices: pages 283-446.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 285-307).
Subject Terms:
ART / General.
Bacon, Francis, 1909-1992 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Bacon, Francis, 1909-1992.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Bacon, Francis, 1909-1992.

  • Introduction
  • A private passion : Bacon's attitude towards photography
  • State of research
  • Luck and chance : painting 1946 as a case study
  • The iceberg : research material and definition of 'photographic reference'
  • The studio : analysis of the working environment
  • 'A little corner of South Kensington'
  • 'Cat in a cage' Francis Bacon in Reece Mews
  • 'A heap of broken images' : preparatory processes
  • Drawing a line : drawings versus photographs
  • Comparative analyses : Bacon's paintings and their photographic references
  • Spatial setting and photography
  • Spatial settings : abstract, elusive, unreliable
  • The stage set : figure and ground
  • Figure and photography
  • 'Collage is not my medium' : the construction of the figure
  • Figure, outline, materiality : closest to and furthest away from the photograph
  • Narrative, identity and the use of photographs
  • 'I don't want to tell a story, I have no story to tell'
  • Portrait and identity : no less than life itself
  • Colour and photography : 'Colour is a most mysterious thing'
  • Conclusion : 'A sponge that absorbs everything'.