Opening up areas of feeling

«Art is a method of opening up areas of feeling rather than merely an illustration of
an object.

The object is necessary to provide the problem and the discipline in the search for the problem’s solution.

A picture should be a re-creation of an event rather than an illustration of an object; but there is no tension in the picture unless there is the struggle with the object.

Real imagination is technical imagination. It is in the ways you think up to bring an event to life again. It is in the search for the technique to trap the object at a given moment. Then the technique and the object become inseparable. The object is the technique and the technique is the object. Art lies in the continual struggle to come near to the sensory side of objects.»

– Francis Bacon, “Statement 1952-1955,” in Theories of Modern Art, ed. Herschel B. Chipp (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1968).


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