Medium
Signature
Signed and numbered in pencil

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.

High auction record
$11.8m, Sotheby's, 2016
Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, Anderson Collection at Stanford University
Selected exhibitions
2017
Sam FrancisBernard Jacobson Gallery
Sam Francis - PrintsBernard Jacobson Gallery
2015
Sam Francis: A Survey of Graphic WorkBernard Jacobson Gallery
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Untitled (SF-343), 1990

Lithograph on PTI #120 Waterleaf paper; torn and deckled edges
47 1/4 × 30 in
120 × 76.2 cm
Edition of 50
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Location
Calabasas, Los Angeles
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Medium
Signature
Signed and numbered in pencil

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.

High auction record
$11.8m, Sotheby's, 2016
Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, Anderson Collection at Stanford University
Selected exhibitions (3)
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Other works from Kenneth A. Friedman & Co.
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