Books

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Over 570 books and 1,300 loose leaves torn from books were found in Bacon's studio. Numerous books on subjects as diverse as art, photography, history, politics, cinema, sport, supernatural phenomena and medical textbooks have heavy paint accretions and pages torn out. Bacon often ripped out salient images from books and mounted them on pieces of card. As well as drawing on visual imagery, Bacon also relied heavily on literary sources for inspiration. Bacon read voraciously and had a profound interest in the poetry and prose of classic authors including T.S. Eliot, Aeschylus, Shakespeare, Federico Garcia Lorca and W.B. Yeats. Copies of books by these authors and many others feature prominently in the studio contents.