Sam Francis, ‘Untitled (SF78-024)’, 1978, Phillips

This work is identified with the interim identification number of SF78-024 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: signed and dated “Sam Francis 1978” on the reverse

James Corcoran Gallery, Los Angeles
Gloria Luria Gallery, Miami
Private Collection
Sotheby's, New York, March 10, 2009, lot 25
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