New York: Pantheon, 1975. 1st US Edition. Quarto, publisher's black cloth, upper board and spine stamped in white, original illustrated dust jacket.
Collection of interviews conducted by art critic David Sylvester with celebrated Anglo-Irish figurative painter Francis Bacon, recorded between 1962 and 1974. The four transcribed interviews are notable for capturing Bacon's frank discussion of his history, influences, artistic methods and creative process. "Bacon: In the Popes it doesn't come from anything to do with religion; it comes from an obsession with the photographs that I know of Velasquez's Pope Innocent X.../ Sylvester: But aren't there other equally great portraits by Velasquez which you might have become obsessed by? Are you sure there's nothing special for you in the fact of its being a Pope? / Bacon: I think it's the magnificent colour of it." Illustrated throughout with black-and-white reproductions and drawings. Small tears to unclipped dust jacket. Very good. Item #2607