Sam Francis, ‘Untitled SF78-255 (Acrylic)’, 1978, Gilden's Art Gallery

This is an acrylic painting on wove paper by Sam Francis.
It was painted in 1978.
It is hand signed and dated in pencil “Sam Francis 1978” verso. It bears three ink stamps of the Sam Francis Estate, verso.
The paper bears the BFK Rives watermark.

This work is identified with the interim identification number of SF78-255 in consideration for the forthcoming Sam Francis: Catalogue Raisonné of Unique Works on Paper.

Provenance: Ace Gallery, Los Angeles.
Private Collection, Los Angeles (acquired from the above in March 1981).
Private Collection.

Los Angeles, Ace Gallery, Sam Francis: Major Paintings and Drawings, 20 March-25 April 1981.

Condition: Very good condition. Handling creases across the sheet. Paper undulates in margins due to technique. Remnants of hinging tape along the sheet edges, verso.

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