Sam Francis, ‘Bridges to the Past’, Christie's

Sam Francis (1923-1994)

Bridges to the Past

signed, titled and inscribed 'Sam Francis 1990 painted in G.B. 'Bridges to the past'' (on the reverse)

oil and acrylic on paper

26 x 39 3/8 in. (66 x 100 cm.)

Painted in 1990.

Signature: signed, titled and inscribed 'Sam Francis 1990 painted in G.B. 'Bridges to the past'' (on the reverse)

London, Bernard Jacobson Gallery, Sam Francis, June-July 2014.

Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London

Private collection, South Africa

Anon. sale; Christie’s, London, 29 June 2000, lot 650

Private collection, New York

About Sam Francis

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. Francis’ most iconic works are characterized by saturated splashes of color that populate the edges of the canvas in order to emphasize the luminous white void in the center. This contrast between the vibrancy of Francis’ color palette and the austere white picture plane demonstrate the artist’s concern with relationships of space, color, and light, as opposed to the psychologically expressive tendencies of contemporaries such as Jackson Pollock.

American, 1923-1994, San Mateo, California, based in Paris and Santa Monica, California