From Bacon to Hockney - London Artists Painting from Life, 1950-80
Distributed for Hirmer Publishers
With a focus on studies of the human body, Bar Life illuminates the themes that characterize the movement, placing more than one hundred representative artworks in context with drawings, documents, and photographs that demonstrate important influences. Throughout, the book explores constantly changing processes, as well as the connections—both personal and professional—among many of the artists, as well as with other well-known artists and protagonists of the period, from Marcel Duchamp and Alberto Giacometti to Chaim Soutine and Willem de Kooning.
Presenting more than one hundred works from this powerfully expressive period, Bare Life explores an important chapter of postwar art that has until now been relatively neglected.
Explaining Pictures to a Living Heir
“The Human Image in our Time”.
The reception of British figurative art in Germany
“This Raw Thing”. Picturing London, 1945-80
The Resonating Space between Paintings and Viewers.
Phenomenon of perception in the portraits of Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and Frank Auerbach
Setting the Scene. Returning Art to Life (cat. 1-20)
Pinning Down Reality. Materiality and Representations (cat. 21-41)
Why not Paint one’s own Life?
David Hockney and R.B. Kitaj at the Royal College of Art, c. 1960
Eckhart J. Gillen
“The Impersonal Eye of the Camera”
Addressing Popular Culture and Inventing Personal Styles (cat. 42-54)
Studio Thinking (cat. 55-81)
“This is the Family from which we Spring”.
The National Gallery collection and post-war British painting
Painting from Life. “A long affair with objects, images, appearances, sensations…the passions”
Finding a Likeness that is Truthful (cat. 82-102)
Elegies and Enlightenment (cat. 103-117)
List of Works
List of publications with abbreviated titles