Some kind of monster

By Bianca Zander In Theatre

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26th February, 2005
Hailed during his lifetime as the greatest British figurative painter of the 20th century, Francis Bacon was also a celebrated drinker, gambler and nihilist who, in his own words, lived his life "between the gutter and the Ritz". On the days when he wasn't sipping champagne in a Savile Row suit, Bacon was cruising the streets in women's tights and a bovver-boy jacket, picking up rough trade. But these are mere eccentricities compared to the way that he treated his loved ones, which was with appalling cruelty. In between bouts of alcoholism, sado-masochism and painting chunks of raw meat, Bacon ...

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