Sam Francis, ‘Happy Death Stone’, 1960, Bernard Jacobson Gallery

Proofs: APS exist but number is unknown.

Published by Kornfeld and Klipstein, Bern
Printed by Emil Matthieu at Emil Matthieu Atelier, Zurich
Printing period: 1960

Signature: Signed lower centre. Numbered lower centre.

Galleria Il Segno, Rome, Sam Francis, 1961.
Galerie Edwin Engleberts, Geneva , Sam Francis: Gouaches, Lithographies, 1962.
Bezalel National Museum, Jerusalem, Sam Francis: Sixteen Lithographs, 1962.
Esther Bear Gallery, Santa Barbara, California, Sam Francis, 1962.
Kestner-Gesellschaft, Hannover, Sam Francis, 1963. Kunsthalle, Basel, Sam Francis; Badischer Kunstverein , Karlsruhe, 1968; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 1968.
Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Kunsthalle, Cologne, Ars Multiplicata: Vervielfatige Kunst seit 1945, 1968.
Loretto Hilton Centre, Webster College, Saint Louis, Sam Francis, 1972.
Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, Sam Francis, 1974.
Idemitsu Art Gallery, Tokyo, Paintings of Sam Francis in the Idemitzu Collection, 1974.
Galerie Jean Fournier, Paris, Sam Francis: 55 Lithographs 1960-1973, 1975.
Galerie Pudelko, Bonn, Sam Francis: Die wichtigsten Lithographien aus den Jahren 1960- 1976, Aquarelle, 1977.
Galerie Kornfeld, Zurich, Sam Francis: 55 Lithographs, 1960-1973, 1977.
Galerie Madoura, Vallauris, France, Sam Francis, 1979.
Gallery Ikeda Bijutsu, Tokyo, Selected Sam, '60-'70, 1989;
Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London, 2015

Connie W. Lembark, The Prints of Sam Francis: A Catalogue Raisonne 1960-1990', 1992, New York, Hudson Hills Press, Volume I, p.58, (illustrated. L.10).

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

Exhibition Highlights

Sam Francis - Prints
Hans Hoffmann - Joan Mitchell - Sam Frances