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Self-Portrait, (1958)

Francis Bacon, British, b. Dublin, Ireland, 1909–1992

Oil on canvas, 59 7/8 × 47 in. (152.1 × 119.3 cm)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Foundation, 1966

Accession Number: 66.185

Provenance:
Hanover Gallery, London, to 4 December 1958 (through "The 1958 Pittsburgh Bicentennial International Exhibition of Contemporary Painting and Sculpture," Carnegie Institute)
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, 4 December 1958-17 May 1966
Gift of the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Foundation, 1966

Exhibition History:
CARNEGIE INSTITUTE, Pittsburgh. "The 1958 Pittsburgh Bicentennial International Exhibition of Contemporary Painting and Sculpture," 5 December 1958-8 February 1959, no. 28, plate 108.
AMERICAN FEDERATION OF ARTS, New York (organizer). "Private Worlds," no cat. TOUR: SCHENECTADY MUSEUM ASSOCIATION, New York, 1-22 March 1960; WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY, Middletown, Connecticut, 6-26 April; J.B. SPEED ART MUSEUM, Louisville, 5-28 June; UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI FINE ARTS CENTER, Columbia, 30 October-21 November.
TATE GALLERY, London. "Francis Bacon Retrospective," 24 May-1 July 1962, no. 65, ill. TOUR: KUNSTHALLE MANNHEIM, Germany, 18 July-26 August, no. 52; MUSEO CIVICO DI TORINO, 11 September-14 October, no. 55, ill., p. 139; KUNSTHAUS, Zurich, 27 October-25 November, no. 50, ill., plate 9; STEDELIJK MUSEUM, Amsterdam, 11 January-18 February 1963, no. 45, ill.
SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, New York. "Francis Bacon," 18 October 1963-12 January 1964, no. 42, ill. p. 56. TOUR: ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO, 24 January-23 February.
MARLBOROUGH-GERSON GALLERY, New York. "Francis Bacon: Recent Paintings," 11 November-7 December 1968, ill. p. 62.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Francis Bacon," 12 October 1989-7 January 1990, no. 20, color ill. TOUR: LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART, 11 February-29 April; MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, New York, 24 May-28 August.
MALMO KUNSTHALLE, Sweden. "Marlene Dumas, Francis Bacon," 18 March-14 May 1995, p. 154, color ill. p. 155. TOUR: CASTELLO DI RIVOLI, MUSEO D'ARTE CONTEMPORANEA, Turin, 5 June-1 October.
BRITISH COUNCIL, London. "La Mirada Fuerte; Pintura Figurativa de Londres," no. 17, color ill. TOUR: MUSEO DE ARTE MODERNO, Mexico City, 4 April-11 June 2000; MUSEO DE MONTERREY, Mexico, 22 June-10 September.
KUNSTSAMMLUNG NORDRHEIN-WESTFALEN, Düsseldorf. "Francis Bacon: The Violence of the Real," 16 September 2006-7 January 2007.
MUSEU SERRALVES MUSEU DE ARTE CONTEMPORANEA, Porto, Portugal. "Francis Bacon: Caged--Uncaged," 15 January-15 April 2003.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Strange Bodies," 11 December 2008-15 November 2009, no cat.

Published References:
UNSIGNED. "Pittsburgh's Prix Carnegie: North America's Only International Art Exhibition," The Studio 157 (February 1959): p. 53, ill.
BIER, SENTA. "Touring Exhibit 'Private Worlds' Is on View at Speed," Courier-Journal (5 June 1960).
UNSIGNED. "'Private Worlds' Exhibit Opens Today in Fine Arts Center," The Missourian (30 October 1960).
UNSIGNED. "Man, the Accident," Newsweek (21 October 1963): p. 110, ill.
UNSIGNED. "Art Museums: Our Selections for the Month--Guggenheim Museum," Art Voices 2 (November 1963): p. 8, ill.
ROTHENSTEIN, JOHN and RONALD ALLEY. Francis Bacon (London: Thames and Hudson, 1964): no. 142, ill.
SCHMIED, WIELAND. Francis Bacon: Vier Studien zu einem Portrat (Berlin: Frolich & Kaufmann, 1985): p. 88.
WELZENBACH, MICHAEL. "Everyman's Scream," Museum & Arts Washington (September-October 1989): pp. 66-67, ill.
GASPARI, ELIO. "Monstros geniais," Veja (11 October 1989): pp. 156-159, ill.
GOODMAN, JONATHAN. "Francis Bacon," Arts Magazine 64/5 (January 1990): p. 85, ill.
UNSIGNED. "Francis Bacon," Harper's Bazaar en Espanol 12/9 (September 1991), ill.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection, School of London