Sam Francis, ‘Untitled’, Christie's

Sam Francis (1923-1994)

Untitled

signed twice, dated and dedicated 'Sam Francis 1965 For Fujita san with love and admiration Sam Francis' (on the reverse)

acrylic on paper

35 3/8 x 24 3/4 in. (89.8 x 62.8 cm.)

Painted in 1965.

Signature: signed twice, dated and dedicated 'Sam Francis 1965 For Fujita san with love and admiration Sam Francis' (on the reverse)

New York, Pierre Matisse Gallery, Sam Francis: Oil Paintings and Colored Drawings from 1962 to 1966, February–March 1967, no. 49.

Private collection, Tokyo, gift of the artist

Acquired from the above by the present owner

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