A Dialogue

Jacketed paperback
Extent: 48 pages 
Trim: 10.8 x 19.5 cm
ISBN: 9781912475216
Price: £13 / £10 (ebook)

Michael Peppiatt’s biography has long been viewed by Bacon scholars as the definitive life of a fascinatingly flawed figure.

—Alex Larman, The Guardian

(Praise for Francis Bacon: Anatomy of an Enigma)

The best art memoir published in years.


Peppiatt offers a window into the experiences and emotional intelligence of this great artist.

New Statesman

Fascinating and engaging.

—Lynn Barber, Sunday Times

(Praise for Francis Bacon in Your Blood)

While working on ‘Bacon–Giacometti’, a major exhibition at the Fondation Beyeler in Basel in 2018, the curator, writer, and art historian Michael Peppiatt carried out extensive research on the relationship between the two artists. “At one point I felt I could almost hear the two of them talking”, he revealed.

For Peppiatt, the dialogue between Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti has been ‘turning slowly’ in his mind ever since Bacon told him in detail about his encounters with the Swiss artist, while the latter was in London in 1965 to supervise the preparations for his major exhibition at the Tate. This book, written in the form of a play, is about an imagined encounter between the two men.

On the evening imagined by Peppiatt, Bacon and Giacometti enjoy a lavish dinner at Wheeler’s fish restaurant, then go on to the Colony Room—Bacon’s favourite club in Soho—to pursue their freely flowing conversation about life, art, and their mutual friends. After a while, the club begins to empty out, but the two artists, sensing that they may never have another occasion to talk, order more champagne...