Francis Bacon, the powerful


Francis Bacon lived to extravagant extremes. His drunken excesses in Soho; his ruinous generosity; the occasion on which, as a teenager, his father found him wearing his mother’s underwear and beat the living daylights out of him – all this is almost as celebrated as his riotously tortured paintings. It was that early beating by his father to which Bacon attributed his taste for…

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