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Sam Francis (1923-1994) was an integral part of the Abstract Expressionist movement. Japanese influence is seen in Francis' early 1960s experimentation with empty-center painting. He was one of the first American artists to experiment with this style of empty-center painting. Vast canvases with unpainted central areas are defined, accented, or dominated by strokes and drips in bold colors around the extremities of the canvas.

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. His paintings featured in the 1956 "Twelve Americans" exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City gained him a worldwide reputation. 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.

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Catalogue Raisonné: L22, Lembark
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  • Pickup Location: New York, USA
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