Sam Francis, ‘Untitled’, 1980, Bernard Jacobson Gallery

In 1986, the collector Jean Rouge first encountered the majestic multicolored paintings by California artist, Sam Francis. Inspired by the riveting cacophony of color and form, Jean Rouge immediately sought to befriend the artist whose works he had begun collecting, a bond that would ultimately thrive under a shared mutual solace in part to their shared affliction of cancer. Jean Rouge sought refuge in the lively surfaces of the artist’s expansive canvases, ascribing to the artist’s belief in the healing properties of art and the influence that color bears on the health of one’s spirit, mind and body." (Exh. Cat. Scottsdale Center for the Arts, The Paintings of Sam Francis from the Collection of Jean Rouge, 1996, p. 2)

Signature: Signed on verso 'Sam Francis'.

Scottsdale Center for the Arts, The Paintings of Sam Francis from the Collection of Jean Rouge, 1996, no. 13, illustrated, p. 12).
Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London, Sam Francis, 2014.

Debra Burchett-Lere, Sam Francis: Catalogue Raisonné of the Canvas and Panel Paintings 1946-1994, Berkeley, 2011, no. 737 (illustrated on DVD)

Private Collection (acquired directly from the artist).
Sotheby's New York, 15 May 2014.
Acquired at the above sale 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