Sam Francis, ‘Untitled (SF50-062)’, 1950, Bernard Jacobson Gallery

Signature: Signed on verso 'Sam Francis'.

Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Sam Francis Works on Paper: A Survey 1958-1979, 1979. This exhibition later travelled to Sapporo American Centre, Sapporo; Fukuoka Museum of Art, Fukuoka; Osaka American Centre, Osaka; Thomas Jefferson Cultural Centre, Manila; Gallery of Cultural Centre of the Philippines, Manila; American Institute of Taiwan, Taipei; American Institute of Taiwan, Kaohsiung; Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong; Seoul American Centre, Seoul; Taegu American Centre, Taegu; Pusan American Centre, Pusan and Kwangjn American Centre, Kwangjn.
Smith Andersen Gallery, Palo Alto, Remembering Sam, 1996.
Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, Sam Francis: Paintings and Works on Paper, 2011. Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London, Sam Francis, 2014 (illustrated, p. 12).

Private Collection.
Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York.
Private Collection, New York.
Bernard Jacobson Gallery, 2014.

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