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Noted for his lyrical, gestural abstraction, the work of Sam Francis is typified by bold, highly contrasting paint in overlapping and splattered profusion. With its long, painterly drips and splashes, this acrylic on paper is an exquisite example of the artist's signature style. The work has been approved by the Sam Francis Foundation and has been archived under the number SF88-459.

Dedication on verso: “Sam Francis 1988 for Marty on the occasion of my first eating this food love Sam.”

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. Francis earned his BA in 1949 and MA in 1950 from the University of California, Berkeley. He also received an honorary Ph.D from the University in 1968. Francis' work has been included in numerous museum exhibitions, including a solo exhibition at the Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, California; a retrospective at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA; National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA.

Selected Public Collections:
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Centre Pompidou-Musee national d'Art Moderne, Paris, France
Kunstmuseum, Basel, Switzerland
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Tate Gallery, London, UK
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

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Provenance:
  • Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner.
Exhibition:
College of the Canyons Art Gallery, Santa Clarita, California, Sam Francis,
17 February–14 March 2009.
  • Pickup Location: California, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 31.6 x 25.75 in. (80.26 x 65.4 cm.)
  • Framed Under: Plexi
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