Sam Francis, ‘Seal Sail’, 1969, Bernard Jacobson Gallery

Proofs: I BAT, 1 TP, 2 CTP, 9XP, C

Publisher: Tamarindo Lithography Workshop, Los Angeles
Printed by Ronald Glassman at Tamarind Lithography Workshop, Los Angeles.

Signature: Signed lower left verso, numbered lower left verso

Palo Alto, 1970
Saint Louis, 1972
Los Angeles, 1974
Paris, 1975
Bonn, 1977
Zurich, 1977
Boise, 1979

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