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Study for a Portrait March 1991
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Study for a Portrait March 1991 1991

Not on display

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 Modern One.

Glossary Open


An artwork consisting of three components. It may refer specifically to a work with wings that fold over the central image; this is a common form for altarpieces.



  • Acc. No. GMA 3914
  • Medium Oil and pastel on canvas
  • Size 198.00 x 147.50 cm
  • Credit Accepted by HM Government in lieu of inheritance tax and presented 1995