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Triptych, 1967

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

Oil on canvas, panel A: 78 1/4 × 58 3/8 in. (198.8 × 148.3 cm) panel B: 78 1/4 × 58 1/4 in. (198.8 × 148 cm) panel C: 78 1/8 × 58 1/4 in. (198.4 × 148 cm)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Foundation, 1972

Accession Number: 72.16

Marlborough Gerson Gallery, New York, to 8 November 1968
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, 8 November 1968-6 March 1972
Gift of the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Foundation, 1972

Exhibition History:
MARLBOROUGH-GERSON GALLERY, New York. "Francis Bacon: Recent Paintings," 11 November-7 December 1968, no. 10, color ill. p. 41.
PARIS GALERIES NATIONALES DU GRAND PALAIS. "Francis Bacon," 26 October 1971-10 January 1972, no. 75, ill. p. 35.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Inaugural Exhibition," 4 October 1974-15 September 1975, fig. 1007, pp. 648-49; pp. 660-61.
TATE GALLERY, London. "Francis Bacon," 22 May-18 August 1985, no. 53, color ill. TOUR: STAATSGALERIE STUTTGART, 19 October-5 January 1986; NATIONALGALERIE, Berlin, 7 February-31 March.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Francis Bacon," 12 October 1989-7 January 1990, no. 33, 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. [org. ONLY**} "Francis Bacon," no. 53, color ill. p. 152. TOUR: CENTRE GEORGES POMPIDOU, Paris, 27 June-14 October 1996, no. 17, pp. 32-33; HAUS DER KUNST, Munich, 4 November-31 January 1997.
HUGH LANE GALLERY OF MODERN ART, Dublin. "Francis Bacon in Dublin," 1 June- 31 August 2000, no. 34, color ill. pp. 102-104.
KUNSTSAMMLUNG NORDRHEIN-WESTFALEN, Düsseldorf. "Francis Bacon: The Violence of the Real," 16 September 2006-7 January 2007.
TATE BRITAIN, London. "Francis Bacon," 11 September 2008-4 January 2009, color ill. pp. 232-233. TOUR: MUSEO NACIONAL DEL PRADO, Madrid, 3 February-19 April; METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART, New York, 18 May-16 August.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "At the Hub of Things: New Views of the Collection," 16 October 2014-24 April 2016, no cat.

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