Contemporary Art Evening Auction

Contemporary Art Evening Auction

View full screen - View 1 of Lot 111. SAM FRANCIS | DEEP BLUE, YELLOW, RED .

Property from the Collection of Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson


Auction Closed

June 30, 01:51 AM GMT


5,000,000 - 7,000,000 USD

Lot Details



1923 - 1994


signed and dated 1956 Paris on the reverse

oil on canvas 

63 ¾ by 51 ½ in. 161.9 by 130.8 cm.

Galerie Klipstein und Kornfeld, Bern

Theodor Ahrenberg, Stockholm (acquired from the above circa 1960)

Galerie Klipstein und Kornfeld, Bern, 10 June 1966, Lot 317 

Galerie d’Art Moderne, Basel (acquired from the above sale)

Martha Jackson Gallery, New York (acquired from the above in 1969)

Acquired by the present owner from the above in 1969

Peter Selz, Sam Francis, New York 1975, pp. 156-57, pl. 85, illustrated in color, and p. 254, illustrated (installed in Kunsthalle Bern, 1960)

Debra Burchett-Lere, Ed., Sam Francis: Catalogue Raisonné of Canvas and Panel Paintings, 1946-1994, Berkeley and Los Angeles 2011, p. 67 (text), pp. 70-71, no. 176, illustrated in color, and p. 175 (text)

Bern, Galerie Klipstein und Kornfeld, Sam Francis: Ausstellung Ölbilder, Aquarelle 1953-1958, January - February 1959, no. 6

Düsseldorf, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Sam Francis, February - March 1959, no. 12, illustrated

Kunsthalle Bern; and Stockholm, Moderna Museet, Sam Francis, May - October 1960, no. 26 (Bern) and no. 20 (Stockholm) 

Switzerland, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Amerikanische Kunst aus Schweizer Besitz, October - November 1966, p. 6, no. 29

Kunsthalle Basel, Sam Francis, April - November 1968, no. 35

Stanford University Museum of Art; and Santa Barbara Museum of Art, A Decade in the West: Painting, Sculpture and Graphics from the Anderson Collection, June - October 1971, pp. 10-11, no. 16, illustrated

Buffalo, Albright-Knox Art Gallery; Washington, D.C., Corcoran Gallery of Art; New York, Whitney Museum of American Art; Dallas Museum of Fine Arts; and Oakland Museum of California, Sam Francis: Paintings 1947-1972, September 1972 - August 1973, p. 26, no. 36 (text), and p. 67, illustrated in color

Northridge, California State University Fine Arts Gallery, Americans in Paris: The 50s, October - November 1979, illustrated

New York, Washburn Gallery, American Artists Abroad 1900-1950, March - April 1982

Bonn, Kunst-und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Sam Francis, February - April 1993, pp. 126-27, illustrated in color, and p. 468 (text)

Santa Clara, Triton Museum of Art, A Bay Area Connection: Works from the Anderson Collection1954-1984, November 1995 - January 1996, p. 26, no. 24, pl. 12, illustrated in color, and p. 47 (text)

Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art; Houston, Menil Collection; Malmö Konsthall; Madrid, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía; and Rome, Galleria Comunale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Sam Francis: Paintings 1947-1990, March 1999 - January 2001, p. 35 (text), and p. 75, no. 23, illustrated in color

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Celebrating Modern Art: The Anderson Collection, October 2000 - January 2001, p. 133, pl. 53, illustrated in color, and p. 363, no. 87 (text)