I just finished this book, after eyeing it up for a good long while now.
Before reading it, I had respect for Francis Bacon, I loved his work, and often regarded him as a very large influence in my work. But this book has cemented him as one of my favourite artists of all time. The way he talks, and perceives the world, is truly fascinating. His existential and Nihilistic views on the world, as well as his life-long drive to fully capture the ‘essence’ of someone, the aura that we as humans perceive sub-consciously about one another, that never ceases to intrigue me.
I’m also a sucker for art that deals with heavily negative and dark motifs, as it produces some of the greatest pieces of all time.