Sam Francis, ‘Untitled’, ca. 1983, Phillips

Signed 'Sam Francis' on the reverse. Stamped by the Sam Francis Estate on the reverse.

D. Burchett-Lere, Sam Francis: Catalogue Raisonné of Canvas and Panel Paintings 1946-1994, California: University of California Press, 2011, no. SFF.924 (illustrated)

This work is included in the Sam Francis: Catalogue Raisonné of Canvas and Panel Paintings, published by the University of California Berkeley Press (UC Press: 2011) under the No. SFF.924 and is also registered in the archives of the Sam Francis Foundation with the No. SFP83-257. This information is subject to change as scholarship continues by the Sam Francis Foundation.

The Estate of Sam Francis, Glendale
Galerie Delaive, Amsterdam
Christie's, Milan, Modern and Contemporary Art, 21 May 2007, Lot 457
Private Collection
Christie's, London, Post-War and Contemporary Art, 21 October 2008, Lot 272
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