Sam Francis, ‘Untitled’, 1989, Phillips

Signed 'Sam Francis' twice on the reverse.

This work is registered with the Sam Francis Foundation under inventory number SFP89-92.

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"Sam Francis"

Galerie Proarta, Zurich (April 21 - June 19, 1994)

Sam Francis, exh. cat., Galerie Proart, Zurich, 1994, p 57 (illustrated)

Gallery Delaive, Amsterdam (1997)
Private Collection, Paris
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