Sam Francis, ‘Los Angeles’, 1978, Hollis Taggart Galleries

This work is registered in the Sam Francis Foundation Archives under the number SF78-1189.

Signature: Signed, dated, and inscribed verso: "Sam Francis / 1978 / (on prepared paper) gessoed paper"

Bern, Galerie Kornfeld, "Sam Francis: Eine Retrospektive, 40 Years of Friendship - Werke 1945-1990," March 6–April 30, 1991.

New York, Helly Nahmad Gallery, "Sam Francis," May 1–July 1, 2010.

"Sam Francis: Eine Retrospektive, 40 Years of Friendship - Werke 1945-1990," (Bern: Galerie Kornfeld), 1991, cat. no. 60, illustrated in color.

Private Collection, Switzerland
Galerie Kornfeld, Bern, June 21, 1996, lot 28
Private collection (Acquired from the above sale)
Private Collection
Timothy Yarger Fine Art, Beverly Hills, CA

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