1923 - 1994, American
Untitled (American Foundation) (L. Supp. SFE 080RC), 1992
Etching printed in colors on Fabriano paper, signed in pencil and numbered 49/75 (there were also 21 artist's proofs in Roman numerals), published by 2RC Edizioni d'Arte, Rome, with the blindstamp of the print shop, Vigna Antoniniana Stamperia d'Arte, Rome, with full margins, in excellent condition aside from 1in crease at extreme upper left corner, a few scattered soft handling creases.
19 1/2 x 28 3/4in
sheet 27 3/4 x 37 1/2in
Medium: 6 color lithography; Limited Edition 64 or 68/75
Signature/Date: Lower right: Sam Francis
The Pasadena Museum of California Art currently has a solo exhibition of Sam Francis: Five Decades of Abstract Expressionism from California Collections
Francis was born in San Mateo and went to UC Berkeley where he studied botany, medicine and psychology earning BA and MA degrees. He went on to become associated with the second genearation of abstract expressionists such as Helen Frankenthaler (see her litho here) and Joan Mitchell.
Francis was buried in West Marin following his death in 1994.
His bio from the Sam Francis Foundation:
California-born abstract expressionist Sam Francis (1923 -1994), one of the 20th century's leading interpreters of light and color. Sam Francis maintained studios in Bern, New York, Los Angeles, Paris, and Tokyo, making him the first post World War II American painter whose reach was truly international. Throughout a long and prolific career, Francis created thousands of paintings as well as works on paper, prints, and monotypes. His work holds references to New York abstract expressionism, color field painting, Chinese and Japanese art, French impressionism, and his own Bay Area roots.
An Abridged/Partial List of Museums With The Work of Sam Francis: *
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois USA
Baltimore Museum of Art - Baltimore, Maryland USA
Carnegie Institute - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA
Centre Pompidou-Musee national d'Art Moderne, Paris, France
Dallas Museum of Fine Arts - Dallas, Texas USA
Danubiana - Meulensteen Art Museum - Bratislava, Slovakia
Essl Museum, Vienna, Austria
Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco (De Young/Palace of the Legion of Honor) - San Francisco, California USA
Fondation Beyeler Museum, Basel, Switzerland
Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna - Rome, Italy
Idemitsu Museum of Arts - Japan
Israel Museum - Jerusalem, Israel
Los Angeles County Museum of Art - Los Angeles, California USA
Metropolitan Museum of Art - New York, NY USA
Moderne Museet - Stockholm, Sweden
Museum of Contemporary Art - Los Angeles, California USA
Museum of Modern Art - New York, NY USA
Museum of Modern Art - Seoul, South Korea
Museum of Modern Art - Toyama, Japan
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. USA
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum - New York, NY USA
Smithsonian Institution of American Art Museum, Washington, D.C. USA
The New Tate Gallery, London, England
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York USA
Auction results include:
On May 11, 2010, a Francis 1957 painting titled "Middle Blue" was sold at auction for $6,354,500.
On May 15, 2013, "Symphony in Blue," a 1958 watercolor and gouache on paper set the record for a Sam Francis work on paper, selling at Sotheby's for $1,145,000.00.