Francis Bacon (artist) Quotes
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For a painter, moments of sexual fantasy can lead to paintings that are often very banal, and when the arousal fades, you realize that it hasn't done anything. It's like drugs. When you are on a high, the result of your work is rarely something of quality: too many things are exterior. And too many exterior things have disrupted your nervous system, and the result is often disappointing.
I feel ever so strongly that an artist must be nourished by his passions and his despairs. These things alter an artist whether for the good or the better or the worse. It must alter him. The feelings of desperation and unhappiness are more useful to an artist than the feeling of contentment, because desperation and unhappiness stretch your whole sensibility.
Champagne for my real friends, and real pain for my sham friends.
His favorite toast