Sam Francis, ‘ Bright Jade Ghost (Variant II)’, 1963, Gilden's Art Gallery

This original lithograph in colours is hand signed by the artist in pencil "Sam Francis" at the lower right margin
It is also hand numbered in pencil, from the edition of 125 at the lower left margin. There were also 20 artist’s proofs numbered in Roman numerals.
It was published by Kornfeld & Klipstein, Bern, in a limited edition of 125 impressions, in 1963. There are five colour variants within the edition, each with 25 impressions.
They are annotated with the corresponding Roman numeral respectively.
The paper bears the BFK Rives watermark.

Literature: Lembark, W. C. (1992). The Prints of Sam Francis: A Catalogue Raisonné, 1960-1990. New York: Hudson Hills Press
Reference: Lembark L. 29

Condition: Very good condition. Remnants of hinging tape with minor staining, verso.

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