The Evolution of Sam Francis’s Painting Through Five Works
Looking at Francis’s works from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s, one can see its development over time. In Untitled (SF63-006) (1963), for example, Francis uses an unconventional compositional method, employing large swathes of color at the edges, balanced by energetic drips and splashes that cover the entire picture plane. Similar to
This square format continues in Generated (SF-275) (L-246) (1981), a
While these five works only represent a small portion of Francis’s prolific output and experimentation, they exemplify his developments in abstraction and his individual use of color, form, and the artist’s brush.