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Michael Peppiatt’s Memoir ‘Francis Bacon In Your Blood’ Out in August


In August, Bloomsbury will release AICA UK member Michael Peppiatt‘s memoir ‘Francis Bacon in Your Blood‘ (£25.00, Hardback)

“Michael Peppiatt met Francis Bacon in June 1963 when he was editing a student magazine. Over oysters and Chablis they began a friendship and a no-holds-barred conversation that would continue until Bacon’s death thirty years later.

Fascinated by the artist’s brilliance and charisma, Peppiatt accompanied him on his nightly round of prodigious drinking from grand hotel to louche club and casino, seeing all aspects of Bacon’s ‘gilded gutter life’ and meeting everybody around him, from Lucian Freud and Sonia Orwell to East End thugs, from predatory homosexuals to Andy Warhol and the Duke of Devonshire.

In this intimate and deliberately indiscreet account, Bacon is shown close-up, grand and petty, tender and treacherous by turn, and often quite unlike the myth that has grown up around him. This is a speaking portrait, a living likeness, of the defining artist of our times.”

Michael Peppiatt is an internationally respected authority on 20th-Century art. He has curated numerous exhibitions worldwide and published over twenty books, including the definitive Bacon biography, Francis Bacon: Anatomy of an Enigma.

Further information can be found on the Bloomsbury site here.