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Sam Francis
UNTITLED
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160
Sam Francis
UNTITLED
Estimate
400,000600,000
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Sam Francis
1923 - 1994
UNTITLED
acrylic on canvas
71 by 86 3/4 in. 180.3 by 220.4 cm.
Executed circa 1962-1986.
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This work is included in the Sam Francis: Catalogue Raisonné of Canvas and Panel Paintings, published by the University of California Berkeley Press (UC Press: 2011) under the number SFF.1376 and is also registered in the archives of the Sam Francis Foundation with the number SFP86-511. This information is subject to change as scholarship continues by the Sam Francis Foundation.

Provenance

Estate of the artist
Gallery Delaive, Amsterdam
Baukunst Galerie, Cologne
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Literature

Debra Burchett-Lere, Ed., Sam Francis: Catalogue Raisonné of the Canvas and Panel Paintings 1946-1994, Berkeley 2011, cat. no. SFF.1376, illustrated in color on the DVD

Catalogue Note

"The Blue Balls paintings reflect an artist determined to bring the emotional fervor of Abstract Expressionism (especially that of Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning) forward into a brave new world of 1960's art, a world in which coolness, style, emotional understatement and formal overstatement were the paramount goals. In them, Mr. Francis progressively intensified his color, broke up and magnified his cellular vocabulary and created enormous ovoid shapes -- partly organic, partly calligraphic -- that he boldly played against great expanses of white canvas."
Roberta Smith, "Sam Francis, at the Height of His Powers," The New York Times, 7 June 1991

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