Triptych Inspired by T.S. Eliot's Poem "Sweeney Agonistes"

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Triptych Inspired by T.S. Eliot's Poem "Sweeney Agonistes"
Artist Francis Bacon
Year1967
Location Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.

Triptych Inspired by T.S. Eliot's Poem "Sweeney Agonistes" is a 1967 triptych by British painter and artist Francis Bacon. It is a part of the collection of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. [1] [2] [3]

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References

  1. Smith, Roberta (21 May 2009). "If Paintings Had Voices, Francis Bacon's Would Shriek". The New York Times. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  2. Peppiatt, Michael (2008). Francis Bacon: Anatomy of an Enigma. London: Skyhorse. p. 281.
  3. Sylvester, David (2001). About Modern Art. Pimlico.