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Study for "Portrait of Van Gogh" III, (1957)

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

Oil and sand on canvas, 78 1/8 × 56 1/8 in. (198.4 × 142.5 cm)

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

Accession Number: 66.186

Provenance:
Hanover Gallery, London, to 9 July 1957
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, 9 July 1957-May 1966
Gift of the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Foundation, 1966

Exhibition History:
HANOVER GALLERY, London. "Francis Bacon," 21 March-26 April 1957, no. 13.
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, New York. "New Images of Man," 30 September-29 November 1959, no. 15, p. 152, ill. p. 33.
ART GALLERIES, University of California at Los Angeles. "Francis Bacon / Hyman Bloom," 30 October-11 December 1960, no. 9.
TATE GALLERY, London. "Francis Bacon Retrospective," 24 May-1 July 1962, no. 59, ill. Tour: KUNSTHALLE MANNHEIM, Germany, 18 July-26 August, no. 47; MUSEO CIVICO DI TORINO, 11 September-14 October, no. 50, ill, p. 128; KUNSTHAUS, Zurich, 27 October-25 November, no. 45; STEDELIJK MUSEUM, Amsterdam, 11 January-18 February 1963, no. 40, ill.
SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, New York. "Francis Bacon," 18 October 1963-12 January 1964, no. 39, ill. p. 54. Tour: ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO, 24 January-23 February.
PROVIDENCE ART CLUB, Rhode Island. "Critics' Choice: Art Since World War II," 31 March-24 April 1965, no. 4, ill. p. 19.
MARLBOROUGH-GERSON GALLERY, New York. "International Expressionism, Part I," April-May 1968, no. 2, ill.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Inaugural Exhibition," 4 October 1974-15 September 1975, fig. 751, p. 507; p. 660.
RHEINHALLEN MESSEGELANDE, Cologne. "International Exhibition, Cologne, 1981, Contemporary Art Since 1939," 30 June-16 August 1981, no. 489, ill. p. 423.
STEDELIJK MUSEUM, Amsterdam. "Le Grand Parade," 14 December 1984-14 April 1985. [add GUGGENHEIM?]
GALERIE BEYELER, Basel, Switzerland. "Francis Bacon," 12 June-12 September 1987, no. 10, ill.
BRITISH COUNCIL, London [organizer only, not venue]. "Francis Bacon," no. 6, ill. p. 39. Tour: CENTRAL HOUSE OF ARTISTS OF THE UNION OF ARTISTS, Moscow, 23 September-6 November 1988.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Francis Bacon," 12 October 1989-7 January 1990, no. 19, color ill. Tour: LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART, 11 February-29 April; MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, New York, 24 May-28 August.
BRITISH COUNCIL, London [organizer only, not venue]. "Francis Bacon," no. 34, p. 130, ill. p. 131. Tour: CENTRE GEORGES POMPIDOU, Paris, 27 June-14 October 1996; HAUS DER KUNST, Munich, 4 November-31 January 1997.
[LOUISIANA MUSEUM, Humlebaek, Denmark. "Francis Bacon," 23 January-26 April 1998, cat.} hmsg printout only....
NATIONAL GALLERY, London. "Encounters: New Art from Old," 14 June-17 September 2000, no. 18, ill. p. 20.
[DETROIT INSTITUTE OF ARTS. "Van Gogh Face to Face: The Portraits" (only toured to:) PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART, 22 October 2000-14 January 2001], no. 219, color ill. p. 242.
FONDATION VINCENT VAN GOGH, Arles, France. "Van Gogh by Bacon," 5 July-6 October 2002, cat.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Masterworks from the Hirshhorn Collection," 9 June 2016-6 August 2017, no cat.

Published References:
ALLOWAY, LAWRENCE. "Art News from London," Art News 56 (May 1957), p. 48; ill. p. 58.
HOCTIN, LUCE. "Francis Bacon et la hantise de l'homme," XXe Siècle 11 (Noël 1958): 53, colorpl p. 55.
KESSLER, CHARLES S. "Los Angeles: Bacon, Bloom, Lebrun," Arts 35 (January 1961), p 14.
FRIED, MICHAEL. "Bacon's Achievement," Arts 36 (September 1962), p. 28.
LYNTON, NORBERT. "London Letter," Art International 6 (25 October 1962), ill. p. 69.
VAN BEEK, MARIUS. "Francis Bacon: Tocht door en absurde wereld," Museumjournaal 8, no. 7 (February 1963), p. 151.
RASKILL, MARK. "Francis Bacon as a Mannerist," Art International 7 (25 September 1963).
RUSSELL, JOHN. "Peer of the Macabre, Francis Bacon," Art in America 51 (October 1963), colorpl. p. 100.
ROTHENSTEIN, JOHN and RONALD ALLEY. Francis Bacon (London: Thames and Hudson, 1964), no. 13, colorpl. p. 111.
RUSSELL, JOHN. Francis Bacon (London: Methuen, 1964), ill.
MARLBOROUGH-GERSON GALLERY. Francis Bacon: Recent Paintings (New York: Marlborough-Gerson Gallery, 1968), ill. p. 62.
DIPPEL, R.M. "Van Gogh en Bacon," Museumjournaal 14, no. 2 (April 1969), p. 100, ill. p. 101.
UNSIGNED. "Weird Wonder," MD 15 (May 1971), p. 140, colorp. p. 138.
LERNER, ABRAM, et al. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1974), fig. 751, p. 507, p. 660.
TRUCCHI, LORENZA. Francis Bacon (Milan: Fratelli Fabbri Editori, 1975), no. 54, colorpl.
DAVIES, HUGH M. "Francis Bacon: The Early and Middle Years, 1928-1958," diss. (New York: Garland Publishing, 1978), no. 123, ill.
FEAVER, WILLIAM. "Talismans and Trophies: Vintage Modernism at 'Westkunst,'" Art News 80 (September 1981), p. 132, ill.
SCHMIED, WIELAND. Francis Bacon: Vier Studien zu einem Porträt (Frölich & Kaufmann, n.d.), fig. IX, p. 33, fig. 109, p. 79.
DAVIES, HUGH and SALLY YARD. Francis Bacon (New York: Abbeville Press, 1986), fig. 38.
TROMP, HANSMAARTEN. "Encontro com os grandes mestres da pintura," Crônica da Holanda 98 (1986), colorpl. p. 5.
MARTINEZ, BENJAMIN and JACQUELINE BLOCK. Visual Forces (Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 1987), fig. C, p. 65.
SOLOMON, ANDREW. "Exhibitions: Francis Bacon," Contemporanea (Nov./Dec. 1988), fig. 1, p. 108.
UNSIGNED. "Homage to Van Gogh," Dutch Heights 4 (December 1988), p. 14.
PAULSON, RONALD. Figure and Abstraction in Contemporary Painting (New Brunswick and London: Rutgers University Press, 1990), ill.
UNSIGNED. "Francis Bacon," American Way (American Airlines magazine) (1 March 1990), colorpl. p. 67.
VAN ALPHEN, ERNST. Francis Bacon and the Loss of Self (London: Reaktion Books, 1992), fig. 74, p. 131.
WILLING, VICTOR. "Miscellany: Icarus or the Walking Wounded," Modern Painters 5 (Autumn 1992), ill. p. 71.
RUHRBERG, KARL. Die Malerei in Europa und Amerika 1945-1960 (Köln: DuMont Buchverlag, 1992), no. 8, p. 64, ill.
SOUTH BANK CENTER. "The Spotlight Series: Francis Bacon--Study for Portrait of Van Gogh," (brochure 1994), ill.
UNSIGNED. "High Anxiety Maybe--Not High Art," Daily Telegraph (18 July 1996).
HENSHER, PHILIP. "The Brit Pack," Mail (July 1996).
HOLERT, TOM. "Arme Bestie Mensche," German Vogue (July 1996), p. 53.
UNSIGNED. "Visti da Bacon," Specchio 24 (6 July 1996), p. 118.
DOMIN[GO], CHRISTOPHE. "Bacon, le peintre cannibale," [unknown publication] (1996).
GOLDBERG, ITZHAK. "La passionselon Bacon en 14 stations," Beaux Arts (July/August 1996).
CONELLE, JENNIFER. "Apres l'espoir, Bacon," Le Devoir (Canada) (18 August 1996).
BELL, FREDERICK. "Mortal Remains," C[entre?] P[ompidou] 25 (5-11 September 1996).
HUTCHINSON, MARK. "Firing at the Nervous System," [unknown publication] (1996).
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden: 150 Works of Art (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1996).
BEVAN, ROGER. "Bacon for the Bavarians," Art Newspaper 64 (November 1996).
COHEN, DAVID (?). (January 1997), p. 70.
SYLVESTER, DAVID et al. Francis Bacon: Important Paintings from the Estate (New York: Tony Shafrazi Gallery, 1998), p. 50.
GALE, MATTHEW and CHRIS STEPHENS, eds. Francis Bacon (London:Tate Publishing, 2008), fig. 44, p. 64.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection, School of London