Sam Francis, ‘Having to Do with the Whale’, 1986, Sotheby's

Property in which Sotheby’s has an Ownership Interest (see Conditions of Sale for further information)

Executed in 1986, this work is identified with the archival identification number of SFF.1357 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
“Color is a series of harmonies everywhere in the universe being divine whole numbers lasting forever adrift in time.” - Sam Francis
—Courtesy of Sotheby's

Signature: signed, titled and dated 1986 on the reverse

Exh. Cat., Amsterdam, Gallery Delaive & Amstelveen, Museum Jan van der Togt, Remembering 1923-1994, 2004, p. 112, illustrated in color
Debra Burchett-Lere and William C. Agee, Eds., Sam Francis: Catalogue Raisonné of Canvas and Panel Paintings, 1946-1994, Berkeley 2011, cat. no. 1357, illustrated in color on DVD I

Private Collection, Los Angeles
Sotheby's, New York, 18 November 1992, Lot 125
Private Collection, Seoul (acquired from the above sale)
Gallery Hyundai, Seoul (acquired from the above circa 1997)
Acquired by the present owner from the above circa 1998

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