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The literature on Francis Bacon is large and ever expanding. While Bacon has been vividly discussed during his lifetime, after his death the uncovering of sketches by the artist, a rediscovery of paintings previously lost or presumed destroyed, and the reconstruction of his studio in Dublin have prompted a growing number of new studies, articles and exhibitions. Francis Bacon: Catalogue Raisonné, published by The Estate of Francis Bacon in 2016 contains a comprehensive bibliography of writing on the artist, which forms the basis of the present section on francis-bacon.com. The Estate of Francis Bacon is currently in the process of digitising, editing, expanding and updating this bibliography and new entries will be uploaded on a regular basis.

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Art Now: An Introduction to the Theory of Modern Painting and Sculpture

Herbert Read, Faber and Faber Limited,London, 1933, English

'Art and Artists'

P. G. Konody, The Observer, 1933, English

Art Now: An Introduction to the Theory of Modern Painting and Sculpture

Herbert Read, Faber and Faber Limited,London, 1936, 1938, English

'"A new idiom" in painting'

Eric Hall, The Sunday Times, 1937, English

'Bacon's letters to Sutherland'

Writings by BaconBacon and Sutherland
Francis Bacon, Yale University Press for Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art,New Haven, 1943, 1944, 1946, 1947, 1954, English

'ART'

Michael Ayrton, The Spectator,London, 1945, English

'At the Lefevre'

Raymond Mortimer, The New Statesman and Nation,London, 1945, English

'NEW PICTURES'

Roger Marvell, The New Statesman and Nation,London, 1946, English

Painting Since 1939

Robin Ironside, Longmans Green & Co for the British Council,London, New York and Toronto, 1947, English

Contemporary Painters

James Thrall Soby, Museum of Modern Art,New York, 1948, English

'Double Bass and Piccolo'

Eric Newton, The Sunday Times, 1949, English

'At the Galleries: Nightmare'

Nevile Wallis, The Observer, 1949, English

'Survivors'

Time,New York, 1949, English

'Round the London Art Galleries'

Wyndham Lewis, The Listener,London, 1949, English

'FRANCIS BACON AND ROBIN IRONSIDE'

Pierre Rouve, Art News and Review,London, 1949, English

'FRANCIS BACON'

Patrick Heron, The New Statesman and Nation,London, 1949, English

'Round the London Art Galleries'

Wyndham Lewis, The Listener,London, 1949, English

'Francis Bacon'

Robert Melville, Horizon,London, 1949, 1950, English

'Round the London Art Galleries'

Wyndham Lewis, The Listener,London, 1950, English

'LONDON - PARIS'

David Sylvester, Art News and Review,London, 1950, English

'An Unhappy Genius'

Eric Newton, The Sunday Times, 1950, English

'At the Galleries: Francis Bacon'

Nevile Wallis, The Observer, 1950, English

'FRANCIS BACON AND HILLY'

W. Matvyn Wright, Art News and Review,London, 1950, English

'At the Galleries: Francis Bacon'

Nevile Wallis, The Observer, 1951, English

Contemporary British Art

Herbert Read, Penguin Books,Harmondsworth, 1951, English

'WORK IN PROGRESS'

Michael Middleton, Art News and Review,London, 1951, English

'POINTS OF VIEW: BACON AND BALTHUS'

Art News and Review,London, 1952, English

'At the Galleries: Vertebrate'

Nevile Wallis, The Observer, 1952, English

'The Paintings of Francis Bacon'

David Sylvester, The Listener,London, 1952, English

'FRANCIS BACON'

John Berger, The New Statesman and Nation,London, 1952, English

'Francis Bacon: the Anatomy of Horror'

Sam Hunter, Magazine of Art,London and New York, 1952, English

'Hanover Gallery'

David Waring, Art News and Review,London, 1952, English