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Study for Portrait V, (1953)

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

Oil on canvas, 60 1/8 × 46 1/8 in. (152.7 × 117.1 cm)

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

Accession Number: 66.183

Provenance:
Hanover Gallery, London
Durlacher Brothers, New York, from 31 March 1953
Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Wolf, Great Neck, New York
Alan Gallery, New York, 9 March 1955
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, 9 March 1955-17 May 1966
Gift of the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Foundation, 1966

Exhibition History:
DURLACHER BROTHERS, New York."Francis Bacon," 20 October-14 November 1953, no. 3.
BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY, Waltham, Massachusetts. "Three Collections," 1-17 June 1955, no. 2.
TATE GALLERY, London. "Francis Bacon Retrospective," 24 May-1 July 1962, no. 28, ill. TOUR: KUNSTHALLE MANNHEIM, Germany, 18 July-26 August, no. 22; MUSEO CIVICO DI TORINO, 11 September-14 October, no. 29, ill.; KUNSTHAUS, Zurich, 27 October-25 November; STEDELIJK MUSEUM, Amsterdam, 11 January-18 February 1963, no. 19, ill.
AMERICAN FEDERATION OF ARTS, New York (organizer). "Paintings from the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Foundation Collection: A View of the Protean Century," no. 76. 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.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Inaugural Exhibition," 4 October 1974-15 September 1975, fig. 632, p. 437; p. 660.
ALDRICH MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, Ridgefield, Connecticut. "Homo Sapiens: The Many Images," 9 May-16 September 1982, ill. p. 9.
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART SAN DIEGO. "Francis Bacon: The Papal Portraits of 1953," 17 January-28 March 1999, ill. p. 49; p. 71.
KUNSTHISTORISCHES MUSEUM, Vienna. "Francis Bacon and the Tradition of Art," 15 October 2003-18 January 2004, no. 6, ill. p. 126. TOUR: FONDATION BEYELER, Riehen/Basel, 8 February-20 June.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Strange Bodies," 11 December 2008-15 November 2009, no cat.

Published References:
HUNTER, SAM. "Francis Bacon: An Acute Sense of Impasse," Art Digest 28 (15 October 1953): p. 16, ill.
UNSIGNED. "Snapshots from Hell," Time 62 (19 October 1953) ill., p. 63.
SECKLER, DOROTHY GEES. "Reviews and Previews: Francis Bacon," Art News 52, part 1 (November 1953): p. 43.
SPENDER, STEPHEN. "English Artists vs. English Painting," Art News 52 (November 1953) p. 48, ill. p. 14.
FITZSIMMONS, JAMES. "Art Paintings of Apes and Madmen," Arts and Architecture 71 (January 1954) p. 30, ill.
ROTHENSTEIN, JOHN and RONALD ALLEY. Francis Bacon (London: Thames and Hudson, 1964): no. 63.
BROOKLYN MUSEUM. "Exhibitions: Paintings from the Hirshhorn Foundation," Museum News (February 1965).
PRESTON, STUART. "A Collectors Eye-View," The New York Times (28 February 1965) sec. 2, p. 19.
MENNA, F. "Modern European Art," New Catholic Encuclopedia I (New York: McGraw Hill, 1967): p. 911, ill. p. 907.
MARLBOROUGH-GERSON GALLERY, INC. Francis Bacon: Recent Paintings (1968): cat., ill. p. 62.
LERNER, ABRAM. Selected Paintings and Sculpture from the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1974): no. 632, p. 660.
RAYNOR, VIVIEN. "A Preview of the New Hirshhorn Museum," The New York Times (14 July 1974) section 2.
TRUCCHI, LORENZA. Francis Bacon (Milan: Fratelli Fabbri Editori, 1975): no. 29, ill.
DAVIES, HUGH M.. Francis Bacon: The Early and Middle Years, 1928-1958 (New York and London: Garland Publishing, 1978) no. 73, ill.
SCHMIED, WIELAND. Francis Bacon: Vier Studien zu einem Portrat (Berlin: Frolich & Kaufmann, 1985): p. 13.
DAVIES, HUGH and SALLY YARD. Francis Bacon (New York: Abbeville Press, 1986): p. 27.
KULTERMANN, VON UDO. "Inkunabeln kunstlerischer Appropriation: Zur Interpretation von Bacons Velazquez-Variationen," Neue Burcher Beitung no. 241 (17-18 October 1987): p. 69.
SINCLAIR, ANDREW. Francis Bacon: His Life and Violent Times (London: Sinclair-Stevenson, 1993): p. 122.
CENTRE GEORGES POMPIDOU. Francis Bacon (Paris: Centre Georges Pompidou, 1996): p. 258.
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART SAN DIEGO. "Exhibitions: Francis Bacon," Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Newsletter (1999).
DAVIES, HUGH. Francis Bacon: The Papal Portraits of 1953 (Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, 1999).
UNSIGNED. "Gyroscope: Fall 2005," (Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 2005), fig. 4. [exhibition brochure]

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection, School of London