Deep beneath the surfaces of things Francis Bacon (1909-1992) possessed the rare ability to transform unconscious compulsions into figurative, human-like forms that seem to evoke the raw emotions that bore them. Mixing realism and abstraction, Bacon delves deep beneath the surfaces of things, opening up the human body to reveal the chaos that lies within and struggling with all that is inexplicable. Erotic and grotesquely beautiful is the work of this legendary painter whose haunting, distorted figures have inspired entire generations of painters who seek to emulate his highly original style. About the Series: Each book in TASCHEN s Basic Art Series features: a detailed chronological summary of the life and oeuvre of the artist, covering his or her cultural and historical importance a concise biography approximately 100 colour illustrations with explanatory captions ", FRANCIS BACON (1909-1992) POSSESSED THE RARE ABILITY TO TRANSFORM UNCONSCIOUS COMPULSIONS INTO FIGURATIVE, HUMAN-LIKE FORMS THAT SEEM TO EVOKE THE RAW EMOTIONS THAT BORE THEM. MIXING REALISM AND ABSTRACTION, BACON DELVES DEEP BENEATH THE SURFACES OF THINGS, OPENING UP THE HUMAN BODY TO REVEAL THE CHAOS THAT LIES WITHIN AND STRUGGLING WITH ALL THAT IS INEXPLICABLE. EROTIC AND GROTESQUELY BEAUTIFUL IS THE WORK OF THIS LEGENDARY PAINTER WHOSE HAUNTING, DISTORTED FIGURES HAVE INSPIRED ENTIRE GENERATIONS OF PAINTERS WHO SEEK TO EMULATE HIS HIGHLY ORIGINAL STYLE., This introductory volume shows the best of Francis Bacon's work. The artist said of his work, 'I would like my pictures to look as if a human being had passed through them ...'