Sam Francis, ‘Untitled (Self-Portrait) (SF73-667)’, ca. 1973, Phillips

This work is identified with the interim identification number of SF73-667 in consideration for the forthcoming Sam Francis: Catalogue Raisonné of Unique Works on Paper. This information is subject to change as scholarship continues by the Sam Francis Foundation.

Signature: stamped by the Sam Francis Estate and with the artist's signature, and numbered “SF-73-667” on the reverse

Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art; Houston, The Menil Collection; Malmö Konsthall; Madrid, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia; Rome, Galleria Communale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Sam Francis: Paintings 1947-1990, March 7, 1999 - January 28, 2001, pl. 62, p. 115 (illustrated, titled as Self Portrait)

Estate of the Artist
Manny Silverman Gallery, Los Angeles (acquired in May 1999)
Private Collection
Christie's, New York, January 12, 2009, lot 171
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