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STANDARDS OF EXCELLENCE: THE BLEMA AND H. ARNOLD STEINBERG COLLECTION

Sam Francis
MIDDLE BLUE
Estimate
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118

STANDARDS OF EXCELLENCE: THE BLEMA AND H. ARNOLD STEINBERG COLLECTION

Sam Francis
MIDDLE BLUE
Estimate
350,000500,000
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Details & Cataloguing

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Sam Francis
1923 - 1994
MIDDLE BLUE
signed and dated 1957 on the reverse
gouache, watercolor and acrylic on paper
26 5/8 by 40 in. 67.6 by 101.6 cm.
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This work is identified with the interim identification number of SF57-249 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

Martha Jackson Gallery, New York 
Collection of Robert B. Mayer, New York (acquired from the above in September 1964)
Christie's, New York, Contemporary Art from the Robert B. Mayer Collection, 7 November 1989, Lot 1
Private Collection (acquired from the above sale)
André Emmerich Gallery, New York (acquired in April 1990)
Private Collection, Los Angeles (acquired in February 1992)
Mittendorf Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Private Collection, New York
Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, St. Louis
L&M Arts, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner in February 2010

Exhibited

New York, André Emmerich Gallery, Sam Francis: Paintings on Paper, 1956-64, October - November 1990, n.p., illustrated in color
New York, L&M Arts, Sam Francis: 1953-1959, October - January 2010, cat. no. 9, p. 42, illustrated in color

Literature

Karen Thomson, Ed., The Blema and H. Arnold Steinberg Collection, Montreal 2015, cat. no. 29, p. 36, illustrated in color and illustrated in color on the cover

Catalogue Note

"The floating, the falling (helped by rivulets of color allowed to drop down), the gratuitous meetings in space, the junctures and coincidences which Francis is best equipped to express are endowed with a magic in watercolors that the oils do not possess."
Dore Ashton in Peter Selz, Sam Francis, New York 1975, p. 73

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