Private Collection, New York/© The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved.DACS, London/ARS, NY 2015. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery

Francis Bacon, Self-Portrait, 1987; oil on canvas, 14 x 12 inches

Colm Tóibín’s essay “Late Francis Bacon: Spirit & Substance” [NYR, November 19] and the accompanying illustrations were drawn from the catalog of the exhibition “Francis Bacon: Late Paintings” at the Gagosian Gallery, New York City, November 7–December 12, 2015.