Sam Francis, ‘Untitled (SF88-403)’, 1988, Phillips
Sam Francis, ‘Untitled (SF88-403)’, 1988, Phillips

This work is identified with the interim identification number of SF88-403. This information is subject to change as scholarship continues by the Sam Francis Foundation.

Signature: signed 'Sam Francis' on the reverse; further stamped by The Estate of Sam Francis on the reverse

Amsterdam, Gallery Delaive, Sam Francis, 19 October - 23 November 1997, p. 25 (illustrated)
St. Paul de Vence, Galerie Pascal Retelet, Sam Francis, 1 April - 30 June 1999, pp. 35-36
Knokke, Samuel Vanhoegaerden Gallery, Sam Francis, 5 August - 18 September 2016

The estate of the artist, California (1994)
Gallery Delaive, Amsterdam (April 1997)
Galerie Pascal Retelet, St. Paul de Vence (1999)
Private Collection, Brussels
Acquired from the above 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