Lot 135
  • 135

Sam Francis

400,000 - 600,000 USD
1,212,500 USD
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  • Sam Francis
  • Untitled
  • signed twice with the artist's initials on the reverse
  • gouache and watercolor on paper 


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


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