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 Gallery of Modern Art.

  • title:
    Study for a Portrait March 1991
  • accession number:
    GMA 3914
  • artist:
    Francis BaconBritish (1909 - 1992)
  • depicted:
  • gallery:
  • object type:
  • materials:
    Oil and pastel on canvas
  • date created:
    1991
  • measurements:
    198.00 x 147.50 cm (framed: 218.20 x 167.00 x 8.00 cm)
  • credit line:
    Accepted by HM Government in lieu of inheritance tax and presented 1995
  • copyright:
    © The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved. DACS 2017.

Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon