Sam Francis, ‘Untitled’, 1980, Koller Auctions

Signed at the bottom right: Sam Francis, with provisional identification number in another hand verso: EXP-SF-30-#1-1980. Sheet size 76.5 x 63.5 cm on firm handmade paper. Published by Garner Tullis. Printed by Experimental Workshop, San Francisco.

Image rights: Courtesy Koller Auktionen.

This work is identified by the provisional research number SFM80-03. Information is subject to further research by the Sam Francis Foundation.

Acquired from Galerie André Emmerich, Zurich, in the 1980s.
By descent to the present owner, private collection Switzerland.

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