Untitled, Sam Francis
Dimensions: 28 W x 36" H
Sam Francis, Untitled from Michel Waldberg's Poemes dans le Ciel, edition 96/100, 1986
Lithograph in colors on Rives BFK paper, 29.75 x 22 inches
Framed in painted white wood
SAM FRANCIS (American, 1923-1994)
A highly regarded 20th-century American artist, Sam Francis was born in San Mateo, California. His mother encouraged his creativity from an early age, but Francis did not formally take up art making until his convalescence after being injured while in service with the Air Force during World War II. He enrolled at the University of California, Berkely, where he earned his Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees, studying art, botany, medicine, and psychology.
His initial realm of influence included the Abstract Expressionists active in New York during and following the war, and his own work became loosely associated with the second generation of Ab-Ex painters, including Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler. In his own work, Francis’ focus on color and abstraction was inspired by his travels to France, Japan, Mexico, and New York. During his years traveling and painting, his development as an artist was shaped by his exposure to French modern painting and Zen Buddhism, reflected in his work as a transition from monochromatic experimentation to culminate in the richly colored abstract paintings featuring large swaths of open white space that became his signature style.
The work of Sam Francis has been shown all over the world and is held in numerous esteemed public permanent collections, including those of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Kunstmseum Basel, The Idemitsu Museum of Arts, Tokyo and the Centre Pompidou, Paris, among many others.