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“Why ever change the subject?” Francis Bacon asked. “You could go for the whole of your life painting the same subject.” So he did: dominating postwar figurative painting with enthralling virtuosity and infinite variety. Almost all his compositions feature a figure, recognisable but blurred, distorted, convulsed, within an airless, confined space. Rigorously, there is no narrative.

Post. 1 Sept 2019.

01/09/2019

“His aggressiveness is informed by a personal library that once contained 7,000 books. “I’ll bet I read about 90 percent of them,” he said. “I wouldn’t claim I read all of them, but by and large, yeah.  I don’t get a book unless I’m going to read it.”

And underline it, as he did with his copy of “The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius,” the Roman emperor and Stoic philosopher. “I would carry copies of this in my rucksack when I was overseas,” he explained.

From “Meditations of Marcus Aurelius”: 

“Begin each day by telling yourself: Today I shall be meeting with interference, ingratitude, insolence, disloyalty, ill-will, and selfishness – all of them due to the offenders’ ignorance of what is good or evil.”

– Interview with General James Mattis

Financial Times, September 2019.