SAM FRANCIS | UNTITLED
Property of A Private Collector, New York
1923 - 1994
signed and dated 1979 on the reverse
acrylic on paper
Sheet: 29⅞ by 22 in. (75.5 by 55.8 cm.)
Framed: 36¼ by 28⅜ in. (92 by 72 cm.)
This work is identified with the interim identification number of SFF.67 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.
This work is in very good condition overall. The sheet is hinged on the reverse to the backing board. There are a few stable hairline cracks to some impasto areas of paint, visible upon close inspection. There is a slight undulation to the sheet due to the artist's chosen working medium. The edges are deckled. Framed under Plexiglas.
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New York, André Emmerich Gallery, Sam Francis: Recent Work, April - May 1981
Sam Francis was associated with the Abstract Expressionist movement. However, unlike many American painters of the time he had direct and prolonged exposure to French painting and to Japanese art which had an individual impact on his work. Here, a sense of order can be discerned amidst the seeming haphazard splashing of color.