Sam Francis, ‘La Primavera Fredda’, 1988, Christopher-Clark Fine Art

A superb artist’s proof impression of the definitive state, apart from the numbered edition of 30, annotated in pencil in the margin lower right (the overall edition is 40). Published by 2RC Edizioni d’Arte, Rome, bearing its blindstamp in the sheet lower left; printed by Dino Depetro, Raffaele D’Orsogna, Piero Feliciotti, Adriano Corazzi, Antonio Di Leo, Giuseppi Di Leo, Romeo Ramos, and Stefano Schiavo, under the supervision of Eleonora and Valter Rossi at Vigna Antoniniana Stamperia d’Arte, Rome, bearing its blindstamp in the sheet also lower left.

Signature: Hand-signed in pencil in the margin lower right Sam Francis.

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