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Sam Francis, ‘Untitled’, Christie's
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Sam Francis

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Watercolor on paper
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Christie's

Sam Francis (1923-1994)

Untitled

signed and dated 'Sam Francis 56' (on the reverse)

Sam Francis (1923-1994)

Untitled

signed and dated 'Sam Francis 56' (on the reverse)

watercolor on paper

21 7/8 x 17 5/8 in. (55.5 x 44.7 cm.)

Painted in 1956.

Signature
Signed and dated 'Sam Francis 56' (on the reverse)
Sam Francis
American, 1923–1994
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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.

Sam Francis, ‘Untitled’, Christie's
Sam Francis, ‘Untitled’, Christie's
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About the work
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Sam Francis (1923-1994)

Untitled

signed and dated 'Sam Francis 56' (on the reverse)

Sam Francis (1923-1994)

Untitled

signed and dated 'Sam Francis 56' (on the reverse)

watercolor on paper

21 7/8 x 17 5/8 in. (55.5 x 44.7 cm.)

Painted in 1956.

Signature
Signed and dated 'Sam Francis 56' (on the reverse)
Sam Francis
American, 1923–1994
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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.

Sam Francis

Untitled

Watercolor on paper
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