Sam Francis, ‘You the Yellow (SF64-166)’, 1964, Phillips

This work is identified with the interim identification number of SF64-166 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, inscribed and dated "Sam Francis 1964 Tokyo" on the reverse

Tokyo, Idemitsu Art Gallery, Paintings of Sam Francis in the Idemitsu Collection, January 8 - February 1974, no. 19, n.p. (illustrated)

Private Collection, Tokyo
Idemitsu Museum of Arts, Japan
Galerie Saint Guillaume, Tokyo (acquired in 2005)
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2017

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