Lot 129
  • 129

Sam Francis

250,000 - 350,000 USD
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  • Sam Francis
  • Untitled
  • gouache and watercolor on paper
  • 30 by 22 in. 76.2 by 56.2 cm.
  • Executed in 1957.


Gimpel Fils Gallery, Ltd., London
Private Collection, London (acquired from the above in June 1957)
Sotheby's, London, 30 June 1977, Lot 405
Waddington Galleries, London
Benjamin Frankel, Jupiter, Florida (acquired from the above in 1978)
Waddington Galleries, London
Private Collection, Paris (acquired from the above)


London, Gimpel Fils Gallery, Ltd., Sam Francis: Oil Paintings and Watercolours, May - June 1957, cat. no. 17
New York, Helly Nahmad Gallery, Sam Francis, May 2010
New York, Sotheby's S|2, Sam Francis: The Exploration of Color, September - October 2011, cat. no. 6, p. 21, illustrated in color
New York, Hammer Galleries, On Paper, April - August 2012
London, Bernard Jacobson Gallery, Sam Francis, June - August 2014

Catalogue Note

"The painting of Sam Francis imposes…no prior definition on us and thus runs no risk of deceiving us. It is by turns a solution composed of clouds swallowing a very pure nectar, the soft and veiled effervescence of a spring decanted through a filer of honey-colored sand, a snowy sherbet saturated with pink blood…It is less and yet more than that, it is everything and nothing, it is the fullness of the void.”
Georges Duthuit
Michelle Waldberg, Metaphysics of the Void, New York 1988, p. 12