Sam Francis, ‘Untitled’, 1985, Sotheby's: Contemporary Art Day Auction

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 number SFF.1128 and is also registered in the archives of the Sam Francis Foundation with the number SFP85-71. This information is subject to change as scholarship continues by the Sam Francis Foundation.

Signature: signed and dated 1985 on the reverse; signed on the stretcher

Baltimore, George Dalsheimer Gallery, Sam Francis: Paintings, Monotypes, Prints, January - February 1987, illustrated on the cover

Yves Michaud, Sam Francis, Paris 1992, p. 184, illustrated
Debra Burchett-Lere, Ed., Sam Francis: Catalogue Raisonné of the Canvas and Panel Paintings 1946-1994, Berkeley 2011, cat. no. 1128, illustrated in color on the DVD

André Emmerich Gallery, Inc., New York
Hokin Gallery, Inc., Palm Beach (acquired from the above in April 1987)
Private Collection, Miami (acquired from the above)
Private Collection (acquired from the above by the present owner in 2013)

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