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Sam Francis (American, 1923–1994)
LOT ID: 72577
Untitled, 1980

Acrylic, on paper
19.44 х 13.88 in. (49.38 x 35.26 cm.)
Signed, and dated on verso.
Lot description
This acrylic on paper is an exquisite example of world renowned artist Sam Francis' signature style of drips and painterly gestures. The artist's use of the strong black rectangular structures in this work hints of his early study of medicine. These black rectangles also echo the forms in his 1970s "Grid Pictures" series. This is a strong and vibrant example of the artist's work.

Sam Francis (1923-1994) was an integral part of the Abstract Expressionist movement best known for his use of vivid colors and paint splattering techniques. This example is quite consistent with his oeuvre, with splashes of color adding to the dynamic tone of the composition. Francis earned his B.A. in 1949 and M.A. in 1950 from the University of California, Berkeley. He also received an honorary PhD from the University in 1968. Francis' work has been included in numerous museum exhibitions, including a solo exhibition at the Pasadena Art Museum, California, a Retrospective at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California, and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Select Public Collections:
Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, NY)
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, CA)
Tate Gallery (London, UK)
Untitled by Sam Francis
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