Sam Francis, ‘Untitled’, Christie's

Sam Francis (1923-1994)


signed 'Sam Francis' (on the stretcher of each)

quadriptych—acrylic on canvas

overall: 10 3/4 x 26 in. (27.3 x 66 cm.)

Painted in 1988.

Signature: signed 'Sam Francis' (on the stretcher of each)

D. Burchett-Lere, ed., Sam Francis: Catalogue Raisonné of Canvas and Panel Paintings 1946-1994, Berkeley, 2011, cat. no. SFF.1479.1482, DVD I (illustrated in color).

Elaine Horwitch Gallery, Los Angeles, 1989

Private collection, 1989

Anon. sale; Christie's, London, 20 May 1998, lot 126

Private collection, New York

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