Sam Francis, ‘Untitled (SF64-173)’, 1964-1966, Bernard Jacobson Gallery

Signature: Signed, dated and inscribed in cursive by the artist in blue ink (or paint) on verso: Sam Francis 1966 Tokyo.

ACE Gallery, Institute of Contemporary Art, Beverly Hills. "Sam Francis: Edge Paintings, "1 March - 18 July, 2003
Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London, Group show, June 3rd - August 27th, 2016

Estate of the Artist, California (1994)
ACE Gallery, Los Angeles/Beverly Hills (2003)
Laurie and Robert F. Maguire, III, Los Angeles

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

Exhibition Highlights

2017
London,
Sam Francis - Prints
2014
Munich,
Hans Hoffmann - Joan Mitchell - Sam Frances