Exhibition Banner for Francis Bacon at Tate Britain

To an unusual degree our knowledge of Bacon’s art has been mediated through his own commentary. Bacon talked extensively about his practice and influences, particularly in interviews with the art critic David Sylvester, who had championed Bacon’s work since the 1940s. Bacon’s presentation of himself was polished over time, as anecdotes and explanations were refined through repetition.

This selection of clips comes from the rich collection of the BBC Archive, and includes previously unbroadcast material.

Visit the BBC Archive website to find the full length interviews and many more television and radio programmes about Francis Bacon.