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Francis Bacon

After Francis Bacon had died at the age of 82 on the 28th April 1992, having been the UK’s most celebrated painter for decades and forever having been closely associated with the louchest of Soho elements, his close friend and art critic, David Sylvester wrote to Daniel Farson, Bacon’s biographer…

 ‘Since he died, I’ve not thought about him as a painter. I’ve only thought about the qualities that have long made me feel he was probably the greatest man I’ve ever known, and certainly the grandest. His honesty with himself and about himself; his constant sense of the tragic and the comic; his appetite for pleasure; his fastidiousness; his generosity, not only with money – that was easy – but with his time; above all, I think, his courage. He had faults which could be maddening, such as being waspish and bigoted and fairly disloyal, as well as indiscreet. But he was also kind and forgiving and unspoilt by success and never rude unintentionally.’

 

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