Study for "Portrait of Van Gogh" V

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 the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Foundation, 1966
Exhibition History
HANOVER GALLERY, London. "Francis Bacon," 21 March-26 April 1957 (not in catalogue; added in the course of the exhibition).
TATE GALLERY, London. "Francis Bacon Retrospective," 24 May-1 July 1962, no. 61, ill. Tour: KUNSTHALLE MANNHEIM, Germany, 18 July-26 August, no. 48; MUSEO CIVICO DI TORINO, 11 September-14 October, no. 51; KUNSTHAUS, Zurich, 27 October-25 November, no. 46; STEDELIJK MUSEUM, Amsterdam, 11 January-18 February 1963, no. 41.
SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, New York. "Francis Bacon," 18 October 1963-12 January 1964, no. 40, color ill. p. 55. Tour: ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO, 24 January-23 February.
AMERICAN FEDERATION OF ARTS, New York (organizer). "Paintings from the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Foundation Collection: A View of the Protean Century," no. 78. Tour: M. KNOEDLER, New York, 31 October-24 November 1962; CURRIER GALLERY OF ART, Manchester, New Hampshire, 16 December-12 January 1963; CARNEGIE INSTITUTE, Pittsburgh, 30 January-26 February; EVANSVILLE MUSEUM OF ARTS AND SCIENCE, Indiana, 16 March-12 April; MUNSON-WILLIAMS-PROCTOR INSTITUTE, Utica, New York, 30 April-27 May; J.B. SPEED ART MUSEUM, Louisville,13 June-10 July; MINNEAPOLIS INSTITUTE OF THE ARTS, 30 July-25 August; SEATTLE ART MUSEUM, 11 September-8 October; SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF ART, 26 October-23 November; COLORADO SPRINGS FINE ARTS CENTER, 11 December-7 January 1964; DALLAS MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, 26 January-23 February; ATLANTA ART ASSOCIATION, 10 June-7 July; SAGINAW ART MUSEUM, Michigan, 25 July-22 August; MONTREAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, 8 September-6 October; ALLENTOWN ART MUSEUM, Pennsylvania, 24 October-21 November; MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, Boston, 9 December-10 January 1965; BROOKLYN MUSEUM, 8 February-5 April.
RHEINHALLEN MESSEGELANDE, Cologne. "International Exhibition Cologne, 1981, Contemporary Art since 1939," 30 June-16 August 1981, no. 491, ill. p. 423.
HAAGS GEMEENTEMUSEUM, The Hague, Netherlands. [Francis Bacon exhibition], 30 September 1989-30 September 1990.
LOUISIANA MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, Humlebaek, Denmark. "Francis Bacon," 23 January-26 April 1998, no. 12, color ill.
TRUST FOR MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS, Washington, DC (organizer). "Francis Bacon: A Retrospective Exhibition," cat. 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.
DETROIT INSTITUTE OF ARTS. "Van Gogh Face to Face: The Portraits," 12 March-4 June 2000, no. 220, color ill. p. 242. Tour: MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, Boston, 2 July-24 September; PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART, 22 October-14 January 2001.
HAAGS GEMEENTEMUSEUM, The Hague, Netherlands. "Francis Bacon," 27 January-15 May 2001, ill.
FONDATION VINCENT VAN GOGH, Arles, France. "Van Gogh by Bacon," 5 July-6 October 2002, cat.
KUNSTHISTORISCHES MUSEUM, Vienna. "Francis Bacon and the Tradition of Art," 15 October 2003-18 January 2004, no. 128, ill. p. 297. Tour: FONDATION BEYELER, Riehen/Basel, 8 February-20 June.
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.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, Tokyo. “Francis Bacon,” 8 March-26 May 2013, no. 16, p. 52, color ill. p. 53; p. 185. Tour: TOYOTA MUNICIPAL MUSEUM OF ART, 8 June-1 September 2013.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Masterworks from the Hirshhorn Collection," 9 June 2016-6 August 2017, no cat.
Published References
HAYMAN, PATRICK. "Some London Moderns," Pictures on Exhibit 20, no. 8 (May 1957), pp. 44-49.
SPIRA, ROBERT. "Austellung Francis Bacon," Die Weltkunst 27, no. 9 (1 May 1957), p. 7.
HOCTIN, LUCE. "Francis Bacon et la hontise de l'homme," XXe siecle, Nouvelle Serie 11 (Noel 1958), p. 55.
RUSSELL, JOHN. "Francis Bacon," Aujord Hui 50 (July 1965), p. 67.
TRABA, MARTA. Los Cuatro Monstruos Cardinales (Altos, Mexico, 1965), pp. 43-61.
UNSIGNED. "Gallery Shows, Museum Exhibits," New York Times (28 February 1965), p. 21, ill.
LERNER, ABRAM. "Private to Public: The Hirshhorn Collection," Arts Yearbook 9, The Museum World (1967), p. 65, color ill.
DIPPEL, R.M. "Van Gogh en Bacon," Museum Journal 14, no. 2 (April 1969), p. 100.
RUSSELL, JOHN. "Francis Bacon: A Retrospective and Preview," Horizon 13, no. 4 (Autumn 1971), p. 84.
DAVIES, HUGH M. Francis Bacon: The Early and Middle Years, 1928-1958 (New York and London: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1978), no. 125, ill.
MARMER, NANCY. "Isms on the Rhine," Art in America 69 (November 1981), p. 117, ill.
UNSIGNED. "'Study for Portrait of Van Gogh III' and 'Study for Portrait of Van Gogh V' are two works..." [unknown date], 2 pages.
SCMIED, WIELAND. Francis Bacon: Vier Studien zu einem Portrat (Frolich & Kaufmann, 1985), p. 79.
SINCLAIR, ANDREW. Francis Bacon: His Life and Violent Times (London: Sinclair-Stevenson, 1993), p. 131.
ARTS COUNCIL COLLECTION. Francis Bacon: Study for Portrait of Van Gogh (South Bank Board and Bruce Bernard, 1994).
CENTRE GEORGES POMPIDOU. Francis Bacon (Paris: Centre Georges Pompidou, 1996), pp. 297, 300.
TYSON, JANET. "The Art of Suffering," Arts (22 August 1999), pp. 1D, 3D.
KUTNER, JANET. "A Tormented View of Life," Dallas Morning News (22 August 1999), p. 1C, back page.
BEAUJEAN, DIETER. Vincent van Gogh: Leben und werk (Cologne: Konemann, 1999), color ill. p. 91.
UNSIGNED. World Art, Collections, Exhibitions: Autumn 2006 (Sainsbury Centre of Visual Arts, 2006), ill. n.p. [exhibition brochure]
AQUIN, STEPHANE, et al. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden: The Collection (New York: DelMonico Books, 2022), pl. 127, p. 143.
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Foundation, 1966
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Oil and sand on canvas
78 1/8 × 54 1/8 in. (198.7 × 137.5 cm)