Details & Cataloguing

Contemporary Art


Sam Francis
1923 - 1994
signed, dated 1965 and inscribed LA on the reverse
acrylic on paper
73.7 by 101.7cm.; 29 by 40in.
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This work is registered with the Sam Francis Estate under archive number SF65-063


Sam Francis Estate, California
Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art, Los Angeles


Florida, Bruk-Kahan Gallery, Sam Francis: Paintings/Works on Paper 1947-1990, 2000


Catalogue Note

"By 1965, Francis had started a series of paintings that belonged unmistakably to the aesthetic of the sixties in its extreme openness, flat, pure color, strong line, and minimal shapes.  At the same time, these paintings continue old habits....  As strong and immediate as the color is, apparently a pure colour of the sixties, closer inspection reveals an extraordinarily rich modulation and internal spreading that could come only from the mastery of colour he had developed in the 1950s.  Indeed, it is the application of color that is almost antithetical to the art of the 1960s.  Finally, we need no reminder that the internal frame had by now long been present in Francis's work, another variant of the window and door formats he had assimilated from the art of Matisse and Bonnard and had turned to his own pictorial ends"  (William C. Agee, Sam Francis: Paintings 1947 - 1990, Los Angeles 1999, p. 41)

Contemporary Art