Diptych: Study of the Human Body -- From a Drawing by Ingres


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

Oil and transfer type on canvas, left panel: 78 1/8 × 58 1/4 in. (198.2 × 147.9 cm) right panel: 78 1/8 × 58 1/4 in. (198.2 × 147.5 cm)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Marlborough International Fine Art and the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Foundation, by exchange, 1989

Accession Number: 89.21

The artist
Marlborough International Fine Art, Vaduz, Lichtenstein, to 28 June 1989
Gift of Marlborough International Fine Art and gift of the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Foundation, by exchange, 1989

Exhibition History:
GALERIE MAEGHT-LELONG, Paris. "Francis Bacon: Peintures Récentes," 18 January-25 February 1984, no. 11, ill.
MARLBOROUGH GALLERY, New York. "Francis Bacon: Recent Paintings," 5 May-5 June 1984, no. 11, ill. pp. 31-32. (combi9ne w/ above//)
TATE GALLERY, London. "Francis Bacon," 22 May-18 August 1985, no. 124, ill. TOUR: STAATSGALERIE STUTTGART, 19 October-5 January 1986; NATIONALGALERIE, Berlin, 7 February-31 March.
MARLBOROUGH GALLERIES, London. "Francis Bacon: Paintings of the Eighties," 7 May-31 July 1987, no. 3, ill.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Francis Bacon," 12 October 1989-7 January 1990, no. 53, color ill. pp. 19-20. TOUR: LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART, 11 February-29 April; MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, New York, 24 May-28 August.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Recent Acquisitions: 1989-1991," 8 October 1991-5 January 1992, unpublished checklist, no. 4.
LOUISIANA MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, Humlebaek, Denmark. "Francis Bacon," 23 January-26 April 1998, no. 33, color ill. pp. 78-79.
TRUST FOR MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS, Washington, DC (organizer). "Francis Bacon: A Retrospective Exhibition," no. 65. 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.
KUNSTHISTORISCHES MUSEUM, Vienna. "Francis Bacon and the Tradition of Art," 15 October 2003-18 January 2004, no. 102, color ill. pp. 256-257. 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.
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. (only on view until 2015 due to Gagosian loan).
GAGOSIAN GALLERY, New York. "Francis Bacon: Late Paintings," 7 November-12 December 2015, color ill. on front and back cover, pp. 82-83, and p. 204; p. 206.

Published References:
DELEUZE, GILLES. "Francis Bacon: The Logic of Sensation," Flash Art (May 1983): p. 8-21.
SCHMIED, WIELAND. Francis Bacon: Vier Studien zu einem Portrat (Berlin: Frolich & Kaufman, 1985): p. 84.
FULLER, PETER. "London: Francis Bacon," The Burlington Magazine (August 1985): p. 553.
DAVIES, HUGH and SALLY YARD. Francis Bacon (New York: Abbeville Press, 1986): p. 106.
KUSPIT, DONALD. "Hysterical Painting," ArtForum (January 1986): p. 55, 58-60.
LESSOE, ROLF. "Francis Bacon's Crucifixions and Related Themes," Hafnia Copenhagen Papers in the History of Art 11 (1987[printed August 1988]): p. 33, 34.
WELZENBACH, MICHAEL. "Everyman's Scream," Museum & Arts Washington (September-October 1989): p. 66-67.
GOWING, LAWRENCE. "Francis Bacon: The human presence," The Journal of Art 2/3 (December 1989): 7, 8, 10.
UNSIGNED. "La Chronique des Arts: Principles Acquistions des Musees en 1989," Gazette des Beaux Arts 1454 (March 1990): p. 1, 64.
SOLLERS, PHILIPPE. "Francis Bacon dans le vif du sujet," Beaux Arts 80 (June 1990): pp. 94-107.
SOTHEBY'S NEW YORK. Old Master, 19th and 20th Century and Contemporary Prints; Auction 9 May 1991 (1991): lot 476.
WILSON, JANET. "Heavenly Hodgepodge," Washington Post (25 October 1991): p. B1.
SINCLAIR, ANDREW. Francis Bacon: His :Life and Violent Times (London: Sinclair-Stevenson, 1993): p. 279.
CENTRE GEORGES POMPIDOU. Francis Bacon (Paris: Centre Georges Pompidou, 1996): p. 238, 239, 309.
SOLLERS, PHILIPPE. Les Passions de Francis Bacon (Paris: Monographies: Gallimard, 1996): 168, 169, 177.
DAGEN, PHILIPPE. Bacon (Paris?: Reperes Contemporains, Cercle d'Art, 1996): right panel of dust jacket.
NOWAK, JEAN MCDUFFIE. "Yale's large collection of art earns high marks," Washington Times (7 March 1999): p. 21.
GALE, MATTHEW and CHRIS STEPHENS, eds. Francis Bacon (London: Tate Publishing, 2008), fig. 127, p. 247.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection, School of London