THE EXISTENTIAL ENGLISHMAN
“If you’re interested in art, or writing, or Paris, it will ring bells in your head. I loved it” – William Leith, Evening Standard
“Peppiatt’s account of his bohemian life in Paris is full of colour, character and charm … Peppiatt has an aesthete’s love of life, and there are vivid descriptions of food, drink and romance here that both enrapture and inspire. This enjoyable book works best as an account of a lifelong love affair with the Parisian streets … The Existential Englishman offers elegant proof that Michael Peppiatt’s powers of observation remain undimmed and acute” – Alexander Larman, Observer
“In many ways, it’s a wonderfully heartening success story” – Andrew Lambirth, The London Magazine
The book has been reviewed in the following publications:
The Arts Desk, The Art Newspaper, The Australian Book Review, The Guardian, The Observer, London Evening Standard, The London Magazine, The Literary Review, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph, The Times, Times Literary Supplement, The Spectator, The Financial Times, The Oldie and Winged Words
THE MAKING OF MODERN ART
Michael’s new book, The Making of Modern Art, was released on 12 May.
Covering the whole spectrum of modern art—from pioneers such as Gustav Klimt and Chaim Soutine, to collectors and dealers who played a pivotal role in the modern art world, to artists such as Francis Bacon, Bill Jacklin, and Frank Auerbach.
Each text is accompanied by a new short introduction, written in Peppiatt’s signature vivid and jargon-free style, in which he contextualizes his writings and reflects on significant moments in a lifetime of artistic engagement.
PHOTOGRAPHS AT GARDES
Two recent photographs by Fred Lahache for a forthcoming article about Michael in Christie’s magazine.
ON FRANCIS BACON AND MY LIFE IN ART
Michael discussed his friendship with Francis Bacon and his life in art, on 16 October at the Cambridge Centre for Visual Culture.
PARIS AMONG THE ARTISTS
From The Existential Englishman, Michael shared his experiences in conversation with writer and translator Miranda France, followed by Q&A, of a life spent amongst the artists. The event was a partnership between The London Library and Bloomsbury Publishing, and took place on 15 October.
PARIS AMONG THE ARTISTS
Michael shares his experiences in conversation with writer and translator Miranda France, followed by Q&A, of a life spent amongst the artists. 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, at 6pm on 15 October. Tickets available here.
BACON / GIACOMETTI: A DIALOGUE
An exclusive read-through of Michael’s new play took place at Christie’s on 18 June. A video of the performance is available here.
TALK WITH TIM MARLOW AT THE ROYAL ACADEMY
Michael joined Royal Academy Artistic Director Tim Marlow on Tues 21 May to discuss The Existential Englishman.
TALK AT THE AMERICAN LIBRARY IN PARIS
The American Library in Paris invited Michael to talk about his recent book The Existential Englishman on 27 March.
TWO TALKS AT THE CERCLE LITTÉRAIRE DE LAUSANNE
Michael gave talks on Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti at the ancient and very amiable Cercle Littéraire in Lausanne in January 2019.
Photos by Jill Lloyd Peppiatt
‘FRANCIS BACON: AN INTIMATE PORTRAIT’
Michael gave a revealing talk on Francis Bacon at the Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design in Soho, London, on 25 October 2018.
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.