Sam Francis

American, 1923–1994

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The painterly abstraction of Sam Francis is most often associated with the American Abstract Expressionist movement, but Francis also spent a great deal of time in Paris and became linked with the parallel movement of Art Informel in Europe. …

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Untitled (SF86-013), 1986
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Painting
Watercolor Acrylic on paper, laminated on backing board
22.3 x 151.9 cm
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Jun 19, 2021
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Untitled (SF86-013). 1986. Watercolor Acrylic on paper, laminated on backing board. 151.9 x 22.3 cm (59.8 x 8.7 in). Backing board: 168 x 35 cm (66,1 x 13,8 in). [CH]. • Extraordinary format. • Sam Francis is one of the American artists who was committed to a more lyrical form of Abstract Expressionism. - It is less about the spontaneous impulse of Action Painting but more about the poetry of color modulations. • After a creative period in which Francis pushed the colors to the brim of the image carrier, he lay claim to the full sheet again in his later works with a gestural application of the colors. • Other works by the artist from the 1980s are part of the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the LACMA, Los Angeles. The work is registered at the Samuel L. Francis Foundation, Glendale/California, with the number SF86-013 and will be included into the forthcoming "Sam Francis: Catalogue Raisonné of Unique Works on Paper". PROVENANCE: Private collection. Private collection Europe. Called up: June 19, 2021 - ca. 14.46 h +/- 20 min.
Untitled (SF86-013), 1986
Watercolor Acrylic on paper, laminated on backing board
Jun 19, 2021
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22.3 x 151.9 cm
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Jun 19, 2021
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Untitled (SF86-013). 1986. Watercolor Acrylic on paper, laminated on backing board. 151.9 x 22.3 cm (59.8 x 8.7 in). Backing board: 168 x 35 cm (66,1 x 13,8 in). [CH]. • Extraordinary format. • Sam Francis is one of the American artists who was committed to a more lyrical form of Abstract Expressionism. - It is less about the spontaneous impulse of Action Painting but more about the poetry of color modulations. • After a creative period in which Francis pushed the colors to the brim of the image carrier, he lay claim to the full sheet again in his later works with a gestural application of the colors. • Other works by the artist from the 1980s are part of the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the LACMA, Los Angeles. The work is registered at the Samuel L. Francis Foundation, Glendale/California, with the number SF86-013 and will be included into the forthcoming "Sam Francis: Catalogue Raisonné of Unique Works on Paper". PROVENANCE: Private collection. Private collection Europe. Called up: June 19, 2021 - ca. 14.46 h +/- 20 min.
Untitled (SF86-020), 1986
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Work on Paper
Acrylic on paper, On firm wove paper
20.5 x 152.5 cm
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Jun 19, 2021
Ketterer Kunst
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Untitled (SF86-020). 1986. Acrylic on paper. Titled and inscribed "SF86-020" and "TOP" on the reverse by what appears to be a hand other than that of the artist, as well as inscribed "# 52", and with dimensions and a direction arrow. On firm wove paper. 152.5 x 20.5 cm (60 x 8 in), the full sheet. [CH]. • Extraordinary format. • Sam Francis lets the paint flow over the paper like a meandering river. • Other works by the artist from the 1980s are in the collections of, among others, the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the LACMA, Los Angeles. PROVENANCE: Private collection. Private collection Europe. Called up: June 19, 2021 - ca. 14.48 h +/- 20 min.
Untitled (SF86-020), 1986
Acrylic on paper, On firm wove paper
Jun 19, 2021
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20.5 x 152.5 cm
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Jun 19, 2021
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Untitled (SF86-020). 1986. Acrylic on paper. Titled and inscribed "SF86-020" and "TOP" on the reverse by what appears to be a hand other than that of the artist, as well as inscribed "# 52", and with dimensions and a direction arrow. On firm wove paper. 152.5 x 20.5 cm (60 x 8 in), the full sheet. [CH]. • Extraordinary format. • Sam Francis lets the paint flow over the paper like a meandering river. • Other works by the artist from the 1980s are in the collections of, among others, the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the LACMA, Los Angeles. PROVENANCE: Private collection. Private collection Europe. Called up: June 19, 2021 - ca. 14.48 h +/- 20 min.
Untitled (SF74-43A), 1974
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Work on Paper
Watercolor and acrylic, on light wove paper
30.2 x 45.5 cm
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Jun 19, 2021
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Untitled (SF74-43A). 1974. Watercolor and acrylic. On light wove paper. 45.5 x 30.2 cm (17.9 x 11.8 in), size of sheet. [CH]. • Wonderful material aesthetics realized through the fusion of soft colors and the shiny acrylic paint. • The combination of a thought-out composition and chance makes this a characteristic work. • Sam Francis delivers proof of his mastery in handling material and color. The work will be included into the forthcoming catalog raisonné currently compiled by Debra Burchett-Lere. It is registered in the archive of the Samuel L. Francis Foundation with the number SF74-43A. PROVENANCE: Private collection (gifted from the artist). Private collection Rhineland. Private collection (acquired from above). EXHIBITION: Sam Francis. Works on Paper, Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London, November 11 - December 12, 2009 (with a gallery label on the reverse). Called up: June 19, 2021 - ca. 16.03 h +/- 20 min.
Untitled (SF74-43A), 1974
Watercolor and acrylic, on light wove paper
Jun 19, 2021
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30.2 x 45.5 cm
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Jun 19, 2021
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Untitled (SF74-43A). 1974. Watercolor and acrylic. On light wove paper. 45.5 x 30.2 cm (17.9 x 11.8 in), size of sheet. [CH]. • Wonderful material aesthetics realized through the fusion of soft colors and the shiny acrylic paint. • The combination of a thought-out composition and chance makes this a characteristic work. • Sam Francis delivers proof of his mastery in handling material and color. The work will be included into the forthcoming catalog raisonné currently compiled by Debra Burchett-Lere. It is registered in the archive of the Samuel L. Francis Foundation with the number SF74-43A. PROVENANCE: Private collection (gifted from the artist). Private collection Rhineland. Private collection (acquired from above). EXHIBITION: Sam Francis. Works on Paper, Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London, November 11 - December 12, 2009 (with a gallery label on the reverse). Called up: June 19, 2021 - ca. 16.03 h +/- 20 min.
Untitled (SF77-022), 1977
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Work on Paper
Acrylic and gouache, on firm wove paper
26.4 x 36.8 cm
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Jun 19, 2021
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Untitled (SF77-022). 1977. Acrylic and gouache. On firm wove paper. 36.8 x 26.4 cm (14.4 x 10.3 in), size of sheet. [CH]. • The combination of a thought-out composition and chance makes this a characteristic work. • Sam Francis created a fascinating composition with a strong depth effect with the use of overlays and strong primary colors . • Comparable works from the 1970s are part of the collections of, among others, Tate Gallery, London, the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The work will be included into the forthcoming catalog raisonné currently compiled by Debra Burchett-Lere. It is registered in the archive of the Samuel L. Francis Foundation with the number SF77-022. PROVENANCE: Private collection (gifted from the artist). Private collection Rhineland. Private collection (acquired from above). EXHIBITION: Sam Francis. Works on Paper, Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London, November 11 - December 12, 2009 (with a gallery label on the reverse). Called up: June 19, 2021 - ca. 16.05 h +/- 20 min.
Untitled (SF77-022), 1977
Acrylic and gouache, on firm wove paper
Jun 19, 2021
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26.4 x 36.8 cm
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Jun 19, 2021
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Untitled (SF77-022). 1977. Acrylic and gouache. On firm wove paper. 36.8 x 26.4 cm (14.4 x 10.3 in), size of sheet. [CH]. • The combination of a thought-out composition and chance makes this a characteristic work. • Sam Francis created a fascinating composition with a strong depth effect with the use of overlays and strong primary colors . • Comparable works from the 1970s are part of the collections of, among others, Tate Gallery, London, the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The work will be included into the forthcoming catalog raisonné currently compiled by Debra Burchett-Lere. It is registered in the archive of the Samuel L. Francis Foundation with the number SF77-022. PROVENANCE: Private collection (gifted from the artist). Private collection Rhineland. Private collection (acquired from above). EXHIBITION: Sam Francis. Works on Paper, Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London, November 11 - December 12, 2009 (with a gallery label on the reverse). Called up: June 19, 2021 - ca. 16.05 h +/- 20 min.
Untitled (SF80-1181), 1980
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Work on Paper
Acrylic and watercolor on paper, on wove paper
31.6 x 36.7 cm
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Jun 19, 2021
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Untitled (SF80-1181). 1980. Acrylic and watercolor on paper. With stamped signature and the stamp "The Sam Francis Estate" on the reverse. Inscribed by a hand other than that of the artist and with the work number "SF80-1181". On wove paper. 36.7 x 31.6 cm (14.4 x 12.4 in), the full sheet. The work is registered at the Sam Francis Estate Archive with the number "SF80-1181". • The expressive and spontaneous portraits in Sam Francis' oeuvre are among his most convincing works. • In 1959 and 1964 participation in documenta II and III. PROVENANCE: From the artist's estate (with the estate stamp on the reversel). Private collection France. Private collection Europe. Called up: June 19, 2021 - ca. 16.10 h +/- 20 min.
Untitled (SF80-1181), 1980
Acrylic and watercolor on paper, on wove paper
Jun 19, 2021
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31.6 x 36.7 cm
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Jun 19, 2021
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Untitled (SF80-1181). 1980. Acrylic and watercolor on paper. With stamped signature and the stamp "The Sam Francis Estate" on the reverse. Inscribed by a hand other than that of the artist and with the work number "SF80-1181". On wove paper. 36.7 x 31.6 cm (14.4 x 12.4 in), the full sheet. The work is registered at the Sam Francis Estate Archive with the number "SF80-1181". • The expressive and spontaneous portraits in Sam Francis' oeuvre are among his most convincing works. • In 1959 and 1964 participation in documenta II and III. PROVENANCE: From the artist's estate (with the estate stamp on the reversel). Private collection France. Private collection Europe. Called up: June 19, 2021 - ca. 16.10 h +/- 20 min.
Untitled (SF-358), 1993
Sold on May 26, 2021
$11,475
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Print
Lithograph in colors on wove paper
76.2 x 118.1 cm
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$11,475
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May 26, 2021
Bonhams
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1993 Lithograph in colors on wove paper, signed in pencil and numbered 46/50, with the blindstamp of the printer, The Litho Shop, Inc., Santa Monica, California, the full sheet. sheet 46 1/2 x 30in (118.1 x 76.2cm)
Untitled (SF-358), 1993
Lithograph in colors on wove paper
May 26, 2021
Bonhams
$11,475
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76.2 x 118.1 cm
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May 26, 2021
Bonhams
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$11,475
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1993 Lithograph in colors on wove paper, signed in pencil and numbered 46/50, with the blindstamp of the printer, The Litho Shop, Inc., Santa Monica, California, the full sheet. sheet 46 1/2 x 30in (118.1 x 76.2cm)
Untitled (Lembark 106, SFE-072), 1989
Sold on May 26, 2021
$6,375
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Monoprint and aquatint on Rives BFK paper
49.5 x 45.7 cm
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$6,375
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May 26, 2021
Bonhams
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1989 Monoprint and aquatint on Rives BFK paper, signed and annotated 'AP' (a unique artist proof, aside from the unique variant edition of 18), published/printed by The Litho Shop Inc./Jacob Samuel, Santa Monica, California, with full margins. 18 x 19 1/2in (45.7 x 49.5cm) sheet 27 3/4 x 29 1/2in (70.5 x 75cm)
Untitled (Lembark 106, SFE-072), 1989
Monoprint and aquatint on Rives BFK paper
May 26, 2021
Bonhams
$6,375
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49.5 x 45.7 cm
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May 26, 2021
Bonhams
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$6,375
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1989 Monoprint and aquatint on Rives BFK paper, signed and annotated 'AP' (a unique artist proof, aside from the unique variant edition of 18), published/printed by The Litho Shop Inc./Jacob Samuel, Santa Monica, California, with full margins. 18 x 19 1/2in (45.7 x 49.5cm) sheet 27 3/4 x 29 1/2in (70.5 x 75cm)
Paradise of Ash (diptych) (Lembark 247, SF-276), 1981
Sold on May 26, 2021
$5,737
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2 lithographs in colors on John Koller HMP paper
81.9 x 118.1 cm
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$5,737
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May 26, 2021
Bonhams
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1981 A diptych of 2 lithographs in colors on John Koller HMP paper, signed in pencil on right panel and numbered AP 3/11 on the left panel (an artist's proof, aside from the edition of 43), with the blindstamp of the publisher/printer by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles, the full sheets. sheet left panel 46 1/2 x 32 1/4in (118.1 x 81.9cm) sheet right panel 45 3/4 x 32 3/4in (116.2 x 83.1cm)
Paradise of Ash (diptych) (Lembark 247, SF-276), 1981
2 lithographs in colors on John Koller HMP paper
May 26, 2021
Bonhams
$5,737
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81.9 x 118.1 cm
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May 26, 2021
Bonhams
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$5,737
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1981 A diptych of 2 lithographs in colors on John Koller HMP paper, signed in pencil on right panel and numbered AP 3/11 on the left panel (an artist's proof, aside from the edition of 43), with the blindstamp of the publisher/printer by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles, the full sheets. sheet left panel 46 1/2 x 32 1/4in (118.1 x 81.9cm) sheet right panel 45 3/4 x 32 3/4in (116.2 x 83.1cm)
Untitled (Lembark 172, SF-192), 1974
Sold on May 26, 2021
$4,845
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Offset lithograph in colors on Rives BFK paper
99.0 x 56.5 cm
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$4,845
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May 26, 2021
Bonhams
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1974 Offset lithograph in colors on Rives BFK paper, signed in pencil and numbered 29/100, with the blindstamp of the publisher, Topanga Creek Graphics, Malibu, California, printed by Cal Litho, Los Angeles, the full sheet, framed. sheet 22 1/4 x 39in (56.5 x 99cm)
Untitled (Lembark 172, SF-192), 1974
Offset lithograph in colors on Rives BFK paper
May 26, 2021
Bonhams
$4,845
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99.0 x 56.5 cm
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May 26, 2021
Bonhams
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$4,845
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1974 Offset lithograph in colors on Rives BFK paper, signed in pencil and numbered 29/100, with the blindstamp of the publisher, Topanga Creek Graphics, Malibu, California, printed by Cal Litho, Los Angeles, the full sheet, framed. sheet 22 1/4 x 39in (56.5 x 99cm)
Untitled, 1977
Sold on May 25, 2021
HK$875,000
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acrylic on paper
104.1 x 75.0 cm
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HK$875,000
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May 25, 2021
Christie's
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SAM FRANCIS (1923-1994) signed and dated 'Sam Francis 1977' (on the reverse) acrylic on paper 75 x 104.1 cm. (29 1/2 x 41 in.) Painted in 1977
Untitled, 1977
acrylic on paper
May 25, 2021
Christie's
HK$875,000
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104.1 x 75.0 cm
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May 25, 2021
Christie's
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HK$875,000
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SAM FRANCIS (1923-1994) signed and dated 'Sam Francis 1977' (on the reverse) acrylic on paper 75 x 104.1 cm. (29 1/2 x 41 in.) Painted in 1977