THE EXISTENTIAL ENGLISHMAN
(AVAILABLE 17 JANUARY 2019)
A love letter to Paris and a memoir of a life spent at its bohemian heart, rich with adventures, misadventures and the beauty of one of the most enduringly romantic cities in the world
The Existential Englishman is both a memoir and an intimate portrait of Paris – a city that can enchant, exhilarate and exasperate in equal measure. As Peppiatt remarks: ‘You reflect and become the city just as the city reflects and becomes you’. This, then, is one man’s not uncritical love letter to Paris.
Intensely personal, candid and entertaining, The Existential Englishman chronicles Peppiatt’s relationship with Paris in a series of vignettes structured around the half-dozen addresses he called home as a plucky young art critic. Having survived the tumultuous riots of 1968, Peppiatt traces his precarious progress from junior editor to magazine publisher, recalling encounters with a host of figures at the heart of Parisian artistic life – from Sartre, Beckett and Cartier-Bresson to Serge Gainsbourg and Catherine Deneuve. Peppiatt also takes us into the secret places that fascinate him most in this ancient capital, where memories are etched into every magnificent palace and humble cobblestone.
On the historic streets of Paris, where all life is on show and every human drama played out, Michael Peppiatt is the wittiest and wickedest of observers, capturing the essence of the city and its glittering cultural achievements.
‘FRANCIS BACON: AN INTIMATE PORTRAIT’
Michael gave a revealing talk on Francis Bacon to a packed out audience at the Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design in Soho, London, on 25 October.
BACON – GIACOMETTI
Michael has co-curated the Francis Bacon / Alberto Giacometti exhibition at Fondation Beyeler, Basel, which ran from 29 April until 2 September 2018. For further details, click HERE.
TWO TALKS ABOUT FRANCIS BACON
Michael recently gave his new talk about his close relationship to Francis Bacon, entitled Francis Bacon: An Intimate Portrait, at the Beyeler Foundation on 30 May 2018.
FRANCIS BACON IN YOUR BLOOD: A MEMOIR
Michael recently appeared in Christie’s magazine and was photographed by David Vintiner.
A BRUSH WITH VIOLENCE
Michael was recently interviewed for the BBC3 programme “Francis Bacon: A Brush with Violence”, which is available to watch through iPlayer. We also having the following clips of Michael’s segments on the programme:
Michael was recently photographed by the celebrated photographer Michael Woods.
TWO TALKS IN LONDON
Michael is giving a talk at Westminister School at 7pm on 14 September, and at the Oxford and Cambridge Club Literary Lunch at 1pm on 15 September.
Michael spoke to The Daily Beast’s Lizzie Crocker on the subject of the five Bacon paintings stolen last July from a Spanish banker’s home in Madrid. The article can be found HERE.
FRANCIS BACON IN MONACO
Michael spoke to The Telegraph‘s Mark Hudson on Monaco’s role in Bacon’s artistic development, in advance of the Francis Bacon, Monaco and French Culture exhibition at the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco, which runs from 2 July to 4 September. The article can be found HERE.
Michael appeared on Newsnight to discuss the unfinished Bacon canvas found on the back of two Tony O’Malley paintings.
The programme is available to view HERE.