The Lure of the Biographical
On the (Self-) Representation of Modern Artists
‘The Lure of the Biographical’ focuses on the relationship between the work and the personal image of artists. The book explores how artists use their (biographic) image in order to make a name for themselves, and how other parties, such as critics, art historians, and art dealers, make connections between personal lives and bodies of work. Through detailed case studies of the image and work of Auguste Rodin, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Francis Bacon, the book demonstrates which mechanisms and strategies are at play in creating the artist’s image, and, in addition, proposes a model for research into questions of (self)representation.