L'un et le multiple ou la question de l'intempestivité dans les triptyques de Francis Bacon

Abstract : The notion of untimely art understood as a sudden, unpredictable and often unsought for phenomenon is at the heart of Bacon’s artistic practice, which is partly based on a contrast between an overall feeling of mastery and sporadic, unanticipated outbursts of paint on the canvas. The screaming figures seem to beg for sympathy while the sponge, as if literally thrown on the painting, gags them unawares. Other notions correlated to that of time and temporality will be put under scrutiny, such as that of “heterochrony”, and “ghost-images”, with Bacon himself acknowledging that paintings by old masters haunted his cultural imagination. We will also examine how triptychs can be interpreted as meta-pictorial comments on the way vision works by dissecting space into various fragments, the metaphor of the canvas as an epidermal surface, and the twisted link that exists between the time it takes for the viewer to explore the canvas and the way time is represented within the frame.
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Séverine Letalleur-Sommer. L'un et le multiple ou la question de l'intempestivité dans les triptyques de Francis Bacon. Polysèmes, Société des amis d'inter-textes (SAIT), 2017, ⟨10.4000/polysemes.1811⟩. ⟨hal-01725904⟩

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