Francis Bacon

Study for a Portrait March 1991

About this artwork

This is one of the last paintings Bacon completed. It is the second in a series of three portraits of his friend, the artist Anthony Zych. Zych appears to be standing in a doorway, possibly that of the artist's studio. The camera tripod is an element repeated from the central panel of a triptych painted in 1944. Bacon's portraits were almost without exception of people with whom he was familiar. He preferred to paint his subjects not from life but from photographs. This was the first painting by Bacon to enter the collection of the National Galleries of Scotland.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Study for a Portrait March 1991
  • date created:
    1991
  • materials:
    Oil and pastel on canvas
  • measurements:
    198.00 x 147.50 cm (framed: 218.20 x 167.00 x 8.00 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Accepted by HM Government in lieu of inheritance tax and presented 1995
  • accession number:
    GMA 3914
  • gallery:
  • depicted:
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Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon