Sphinx III

Francis Bacon, British, b. Dublin, Ireland, 1909–1992
Hanover Gallery, London, to 25 March 1957
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, 25 March 1957-17 May 1966
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966
Exhibition History
HANOVER GALLERY, London. "Francis Bacon," 8 June-16 July 1954, no cat.
GALERIE RIVE DROITE, Paris. "Francis Bacon," 12 February-10 March 1957, no. 7.
HANOVER GALLERY, London. "Francis Bacon," 21 March-26 April 1957 (not in catalogue but included in show--see label on verso).
TATE GALLERY, London. "Francis Bacon Retrospective," 24 May-1 July 1962, no. 37, ill. TOUR: KUNSTHALLE MANNHEIM, Germany, 18 July-26 August, no. 28; MUSEO CIVICO DI TORINO, 11 September-14 October, no. 31, ill.; KUNSTHAUS, Zurich, 27 October-25 November, no. 26, ill; STEDELIJK MUSEUM, Amsterdam, 11 January-18 February 1963, no. 24.
MUSEO D'ARTE MODERNA, Lugano, Switzerland. "Francis Bacon," 7 March-30 May 1993, no. 20, ill. p. 143, color ill. p. 48.
TRUST FOR MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS, Washington, DC (organizer). "Francis Bacon: A Retrospective Exhibition," no. 24, p. 98, ill. p. 99. TOUR: YALE CENTER FOR BRITISH ART, New Haven, 25 January-21 March 1999; MINNEAPOLIS INSTITUTE OF ARTS, 8 April-27 May; FINE ARTS MUSEUMS OF SAN FRANCISCO, 13 June-2 August; MODERN ART MUSEUM OF FORT WORTH, 20 August-15 October.
SAINSBURY CENTRE FOR VISUAL ARTS, Norwich, England. "Francis Bacon: Paintings from the 1950's," 26 September-10 December 2006. TOUR: MILWAUKEE ART MUSEUM, 29 January-15 April 2007; ALBRIGHT-KNOX ART GALLERY, Buffalo, 5 May-30 July 2007.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, Tokyo. “Francis Bacon,” 8 March-26 May 2013, no. 14, p. 48, color ill. p. 49; p. 185. TOUR: TOYOTA MUNICIPAL MUSEUM OF ART, 8 June-1 September 2013.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Dark Matters," 24 January 2012-6 January 2013, unpublished checklist.
Published References
UNSIGNED. "Apparitions of Evil: Mr. Francis Bacon's New Paintings," The Times, London, (14 June 1954): p. 5.
HARRISON, JANE. "Dissent on Francis Bacon," Arts Magazine 38/3 (December 1963): p. 22.
ALLEY, RONALD. Francis Bacon, Catalogue Raisone (London: Thames & Hudson, 1964): no. 88.
MARLBOROUGH-GERSON GALLERY, INC. Francis Bacon: Recent Paintings (1968): p. 62.
TRUCCHI, LORENZA. Francis Bacon (Milan: Fratelli Fabbri Editori, 1975): 37-38.
SOLLERS, PHILIPPE. Les Passions de Francis Bacon (Paris: Monographies Gallimard, 1996): pp. 76-77, 177.
AQUIN, STEPHANE, et al. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden: The Collection (New York: DelMonico Books, 2022), pl. 125, p. 142.
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Credit Line
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966
Data Source
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Accession Number
Oil on canvas
78 1/4 × 54 in. (198.7 × 137.1 cm)