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Sam Francis (American, 1923–1994)
LOT ID: 83537
'Untitled' (SF-344), 1990

Lithograph
46.25 х 30 in. (117.48 x 76.2 cm.)
Signed, and numbered lower margin in pencil
Print/Casting Year 1990
Edition 50
Foundry/Publisher The Litho Shop, Inc., Santa Monica, California
Lot description
This large scale, original lithograph by Sam Francis entitled: "Untitled' (SF-344) dates from 1990 and is hand-signed and numbered by the artist in pencil. "Untitled' (SF-344) is representative of the artist's iconic exploration of abstraction through rich, saturated color and gestural form and belongs to a small edition of 50.

The work is printed on PTI #120 Waterleaf paper being framed in a heavy-duty, contemporary natural maple frame, recessed and floating on oyster linen matting. The Framed size measures: 54 1/2 x 37 5/8 inches (138.4 x 95.5cm) with both the artwork and frame being in mint condition. All framing materials are of archival quality including UV-protective Plexi-glas.

This work is cataloged in "The Prints of Sam Francis" by Lembark on page 392 under the reference (SF-343).

Sam Francis (American, 1923-1994) was an Abstract Expressionist painter and lithographer known for his exuberant use of color. Born in San Mateo, CA, Francis studied art at the University of California, Berkeley after serving in the air force during World War II. His first works were influenced by the work of Mark Rothko, Arshile Gorky, and Clyfford Still, but he soon developed his own colorful abstract style after moving to Paris in 1950. Francis lived in Europe for several years, where he became associated with the French Expressionist "Taschisme" movement, thus establishing himself abroad before he gained recognition in his own country. His Parisian output shifted from monochromes executed with wiggling, biomorphic brush strokes to his "Blue Ball" series which features large, amorphous circles of blue paint. Inspired by the art and philosophy he encountered during his later travels to Japan, Francis became fascinated with empty space and created many paintings with a central white void of unpainted canvas or untouched areas. He also executed a series of large murals, mainly in watercolor, which he worked on intermittently from the late 1950s until his death in Santa Monica in 1994.

Selected Public Collections:
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA
Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Tate Gallery, London, England
Walker Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN
'Untitled' (SF-344) by Sam Francis
  • 'Untitled' (SF-344) by Sam Francis
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