Sam Francis, ‘Sketch SF65-076’, 1965, Gilden's Art Gallery

SAM FRANCIS 1923-1994
San Mateo, California 1923 – 1994 Santa Monica (American)

Title: Sketch SF65-076, 1965

Technique: Signed and Dated Acrylic Painting on Paper

Size: 33 x 55.9 cm. / 13 x 22 in.

Additional Information: This is an acrylic painting on wove paper and is hand signed and dated by the artist in pencil “Sam Francis 1965”, verso.
It was painted in 1965.
It is also stamped with the Sam Francis Estate Stamp, verso.
It is also annotated in pencil "Sketch" below the signature in the artist's hand, verso.
This work is identified with the interim identification number SF65-076. in consideration for the forthcoming Sam Francis catalogue raisonné of unique works on paper.

Provenance: The Estate of the Artist, California
Private Collection, 2003

Condition: Very good condition. Very minor nicks to the sheet edges. Pinholes in corners originating during the artist’s process. Minor areas of skinning from previous hinging, verso.

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