Lot 215
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Sam Francis

400,000 - 600,000 USD
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  • Sam Francis
  • Untitled
  • signed and dated 1974 on the reverse
  • acrylic on canvas
  • 65 7/8 by 108 in. 167.3 by 274.3 cm.


Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner in February 1980


Pasadena Museum of California Art; Sacramento, Crocker Art Museum, Sam Francis: Five Decades of Abstract Expressionism from California Collections, August 2013 - April 2014, cat. no. 72, figs. 46 and 47, p. 115


Exh. Cat., Stockholm, Liljevalchs Konstall, Sam Francis, Malningar 1976-78, 1978, illustrated
Exh. Cat., Paris, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Sam Francis: Peintures Récentes 1976-1978, 1978, illustrated
Exh. Cat., Amstelveen, Museum Jan van der Togt, Sam Francis: Remembering 1923-1994, 2004, p. 70, illustrated
Debra Burchett-Lere, Ed., Sam Francis: Catalogue Raisonné of Canvas and Panel Paintings 1946-1994, Berkeley 2011, cat. no. 655, illustrated in color on the DVD

Catalogue Note

"Francis's distinctive way of building a picture with an accretion of rhythmic touches, at once deliberate and loose, seems equally indebted to the legacy of Abstract Expressionism, the slashing 'automatic' gestures of Riopelle and his colleagues, and the most spontaneous, inspired Japanese brushwork, with an admixture of reverent homage to the planar strokes of Paul Cézanne's late watercolors."

Carl Belz in Karen Wilkin, Ed., Color as Field: American Painting, 1950-1975, New Haven 2007, p. 66