signed and dated 1989 on the reverse
This work is registered in the Sam Francis Foundation Archives under number SF89/80
IMPORTANT WORKS FROM A PRIVATE SCANDINAVIAN COLLECTION
The works from this collection constitute the distillation of a lifetime of experience and involvement with the arts. Filtered by a well informed artistic sensibility born from a childhood surrounded by music and culture, these acquisitions were influenced by a close relationship with many of modernism's leading protagonists. Although the creator of the collection pursued a career in a different field, the extent of his collecting provides evidence of a hobby that developed into a lifelong obsession. His numerous acquisitions, served to deepen a fascination with modern art that burgeoned over the last half century, leaving a unique legacy of modernist works.
The more contemporary works in the collection here, survey the thrilling developments in Abstraction that took place in painting and sculpture in the 1950s and early 1960s. The appearance at auction of the collection in its entirety marks a rare event and an exceptional opportunity for modern collectors, providing many fresh perspectives on some of the seminal masters of 20th century art. The Sam Francis in this collection from 1989 lays testament to the artist's talent as an extraordinary colourist. There is a melting effect achieved with this medley of colours, yet the artist always retains a sense of composition and structure. An immediacy is captured in his works on paper, on which the paint is absorbed instantaneously thus realising Sam Francis' desire to create a dreamlike fluidity. Untitled by Nay is another example of an artist who combines conscious order with a primitive instinct for colour. There is a tension concealed in this work that juxtaposes a bright and bold beauty with a hidden darkness. The seven works following are a combination of Calder mobiles, some wonderfully vibrant examples from the Cobra era, and paintings heavily influenced by the rich boldness of the Abstract Expressionists. We are delighted to include this selection from such a prominent and important collection.
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