Francis’s invasions of color evoke his art historical predecessors like Henri Matisse, whom Francis adopted as his stylistic mentor during the 1950s in Paris. Brought up near San Francisco, Francis took up painting as a form of therapy during the four years he spent half-immobilized in hospital beds from 1943-1947, recovering from severe spinal problems and subsequent tuberculosis that resulted from an emergency landing made during his pilot training for World War II. Aside from Matisse, Francis’s powerfully expressive brushstrokes in numerous splashes and drips are also reminiscent of Jackson Pollock. In contrast to Pollock's visceral, almost violent approach, Francis's treatment seems to be calmer and gentler, inviting a meditative response. Perhaps because of his deep roots in the Fauvist tradition, Francis’s use of color is imbued with meaning and power, as opposed to use purely for its own sake.
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