Sam Francis, ‘Bright Ring No. 1’, 1967-1968, Sotheby's

Executed in 1967-1968, this work is identified with the archival identification number of SFF.1861 in consideration for the forthcoming addendum to the Sam Francis: Catalogue Raisonné of Canvas and Panel Paintings, to be published by the Sam Francis Foundation. This information is subject to change as scholarship continues by the Sam Francis Foundation.

From the Catalogue
“The space at the center of these paintings is reserved for you.” - Sam Francis
—Courtesy of Sotheby's

Tokyo, Central Bijutsukan Gallery; Osaka, Gutai Pinacotheca, Sam Francis, May - June 1968

Debra Burchett-Lere and William C. Agee, Eds., Sam Francis: Catalogue Raisonné of Canvas and Panel Paintings, 1946-1994, Berkeley 2011, cat. no. 481, illustrated in color on DVD I

Private Collection, Tokyo
Christie's, New York, 23 September 2003, Lot 118
Private Collection

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