135
135
Sam Francis
UNTITLED
Estimate
400,000600,000
LOT SOLD. 1,212,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT
135
Sam Francis
UNTITLED
Estimate
400,000600,000
LOT SOLD. 1,212,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Sam Francis
1923 - 1994
UNTITLED
signed twice with the artist's initials on the reverse
gouache and watercolor on paper 
59 1/2 by 44 in. 151.1 by 111.8 cm.
Executed in 1958.
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This work is identified with the interim identification number of SF58-211 in consideration for the forthcoming Sam Francis: Catalogue Raisonné of Unique Works on Paper. This information is subject to change as scholarship continues by the Sam Francis Foundation.

Provenance

Manny Silverman Gallery, Los Angeles 
Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. McLain, Newport Beach (acquired from the above in 1987)
Sotheby's, New York, 15 November 1995, Lot 10
Acquired from the above sale by the present owner

Exhibited

Newport Harbor Art Museum, Highlights of California Art Since 1945: A Collecting Partnership, June - July 1987

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 

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