SAM FRANCIS | JAPAN SPRING
Property from a Distinguished Japanese Museum Collection
1923 - 1994
signed and dated Tokyo 64 on the reverse
oil on canvas
110¼ by 134¼ in. 280 by 341 cm.
Executed in 1962-1964.
This work is in very good condition overall. There is evidence of handling and wear to the edges, including surface abrasions with resultant pinpoint losses. Under close inspection, there are faint handling and smudge marks along the edges. Under very close inspection, surface irregularities inherent to the canvas weave are visible.The colors are bright, fresh and clean. Under Ultraviolet light inspection, there is no evidence of restoration. Unframed.
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Idemitsu Art Gallery, Tokyo
Acquired from the above by the present owner in December 1980
Makoto Ooka, "Samu Furanshisu ni sotte," Gendai Bijutsu 1, January 1965, p. 58, illustrated
Exh. Cat., Tokyo, Minami Gallery, Dedication Kusuo Shimizu and Minami Gallery, 1985, p. 55, illustrated
Contemporary Great Masters: Sam Francis, Tokyo 1994, pl. 60, illustrated
Debra Burchett-Lere, Ed., Sam Francis: Catalogue Raisonné of Canvas and Panel Paintings 1946-1994, Berkeley 2011, cat. no. SFF.385, illustrated in color on the DVD
Kunsthalle Basel, Bilanz internationale Malerei seit 1950, June - August 1964, cat. no. 126, p. 24, illustrated
Tokyo, Minami Gallery, Sam Francis: You the Yellow, November - December 1964, n.p., illustrated
Tokyo, Idemitsu Art Gallery, Paintings by Sam Francis in the Idemitsu Collection, January - February 1974, cat. no. 16, illustrated
Paris, Pavilion des Arts; Humlebaek, Louisiana Museum of Arts; Tokyo, Ogawa Art Foundation, Yayoi Gallery, L'oeuvre de Sam Francis dans les collections du Musée Idemitsu, September 1986 - December 1987, pl. 25, illustrated in color and illustrated in color on the cover
Tokuyama City Museum of Art and History, Sam Francis and Sengai: From the Idemitsu Museum of Arts, April - June 1997, pl. 9, pp. 32-33, illustrated in color