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Sam Francis

Sam Francis

United States • Born in: 1923

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Abstract Expressionnism

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”Sam Francis’s paintings are a journey into a dream, a voyage into the landscapes of the soul where colours are lights on fire.” Samuel Lewis Francis (1923–1994) is an American artist, born the 25th of June1923 in San Mateo, California, USA. He died on 4th of November 1994 in Santa Monica. He developed a new aesthetics of colours and a new conception of the canvas. Alongside names such as Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Franz Kline, Sam Francis is an artist who has succeeded in demonstrating a total mastery of abstract expressionism’s impassioned and spontaneous genre. At the age of 20 he joined the air force and in 1944 he crashed in the middle of a desert with his airplane during an exercise. He was hospitalised during two years and that’s when he started to paint. ”My painting comes from my disease. I left the hospital by painting. My body suffered but since I was capable of painting I recovered.” Leaving the hospital, Sam Francis started to study art at Berkeley and in 1946 he got in contact with the abstract art as he attended a course of the artist Clyfford Still. He left for Paris in 1948-1949 where he met with american artists that we today call action painters. He was inspired by their different techniques like dripping and all-over. It was in 1952 at the Galerie Nina Dausset in Paris that Sam Francis’s had his first exhibition which was followed by two others at Galerie Rive Droite. Ever since his accident Sam Francis tried to convey the feeling of infinity which he had caught a glimpse of in the desert. To him, the white canvas interfuses with heaven and he decides to paint nothing but the background, representing infinity. It’s ”the space inbetween the things” that interests him. Just like the spots all elements enable an interpretation as they have been eliminated, depth is what rests, ”depth is all”. His work has been exhibited in numerous institutions and galleries all over the world. Today Sam Francis is represented in most museums of modern and contemporary art e.g. in New York, Los Angeles, Paris Zurich and at Tate Gallery in London. The Museum Idemitsu in Tokyo has the most important collection of his paintings. An exhibition of his ”Years in Paris” was held at la Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume in 1995 shortly after his passing.
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Sam Francis, Self Portrait (SF-050), Print

Sam Francis

Self Portrait (SF-050), 1975 41 x 29.5 x 0.1 inch Print

$1,500

Our recommendations Sam Francis, SF 89-153, Painting

Sam Francis

SF 89-153, 1989 26.4 x 20.1 inch Painting

$88,135

Sam Francis, Yea, Fine Art Drawings

Sam Francis

Yea, 1989 8.3 x 10.6 x 0.4 inch Fine Art Drawings

$22,811

Sam Francis, Metal Field I (SFE-2C), Print

Sam Francis

Metal Field I (SFE-2C), 1973 39 x 46.5 x 0.1 inch Print

$3,600

Sam Francis, Untitled (SFE-089), Print

Sam Francis

Untitled (SFE-089), 1993 31.75 x 42.75 x 0.1 inch Print

$15,000

Sam Francis, Untitled (SFE-013), Print

Sam Francis

Untitled (SFE-013), 1984 32.5 x 16 x 0.1 inch Print

$7,500

Sam Francis, Untitled (SF-317), Print

Sam Francis

Untitled (SF-317), 1986 29.88 x 22 x 0.1 inch Print

$8,500

Sam Francis, Untitled (SF-313), Print

Sam Francis

Untitled (SF-313), 1986 29.88 x 22 x 0.1 inch Print

$8,500

Our recommendations Sam Francis, Untitled 4, Print

Sam Francis

Untitled 4, 1976 21.7 x 15.7 inch Print

$1,866

Sam Francis, Untitled 2, Print

Sam Francis

Untitled 2, 1976 33.1 x 25.2 inch Print

$1,866

Sam Francis, Untitled (SFE-023), CTP, Print

Sam Francis

Untitled (SFE-023), CTP, 1985 11.5 x 7.75 inch Print

$2,200

Our recommendations Sam Francis, SF 84-871, Painting

Sam Francis

SF 84-871, 1984 8.7 x 3.5 inch Painting

$18,145

Our recommendations Sam Francis, Untitled SF 221, Print

Sam Francis

Untitled SF 221, 1977 27.8 x 42.7 x 0.1 inch Print

$5,081

Our recommendations Sam Francis, Untitled SF 351, Print

Sam Francis

Untitled SF 351, 1992 29.9 x 22 x 0.1 inch Print

$4,044

Sam Francis, Untitled, Print

Sam Francis

Untitled, 1973 24.8 x 35.2 x 0.1 inch Print

$3,629

Sam Francis, Colors in Space, Print

Sam Francis

Colors in Space, 1970 18.5 x 26 x 0.1 inch Print

$4,666

Our recommendations Sam Francis, Untitled, Painting

Sam Francis

Untitled, 1976 15 x 19 inch Painting

$18,145

Sam Francis, Untitled, Print

Sam Francis

Untitled, 1976 27.6 x 29.7 x 0.1 inch Print

$6,014

Sam Francis, Untitled, Print

Sam Francis

Untitled, 1979 29.5 x 41.5 x 0.1 inch Print

$6,636

Sam Francis, Untitled (SF-315), Print

Sam Francis

Untitled (SF-315), 1986 30 x 22 x 1 inch Print

$10,500

Sam Francis, Untitled (SF-106A), Print

Sam Francis

Untitled (SF-106A), 1969 28.3 x 40.2 inch Print

$7,777

Sam Francis, Untitled (SF-356), Print

Sam Francis

Untitled (SF-356), 1992 29.9 x 46.9 inch Print

$8,295

Sam Francis, Untitled (Drawing for sculpture) SF66-111, Painting

Sam Francis

Untitled (Drawing for sculpture) SF66-111, 1966 42.9 x 33.1 inch Painting

$108,872

Sam Francis, Untitled (SFE-013), Print

Sam Francis

Untitled (SFE-013), 1984 32.5 x 16 inch Print

$7,500

Sam Francis, Untitled (SF-313), Print

Sam Francis

Untitled (SF-313), 1986 29.88 x 22 inch Print

$8,500

Sam Francis, Untitled (SF-317), Print

Sam Francis

Untitled (SF-317), 1986 29.88 x 22 inch Print

$8,500

Sam Francis, Untitled (SF-355), Print

Sam Francis

Untitled (SF-355), 1992 22 x 30 inch Print

$8,500

Sam Francis, Untitled (SF-316), Print

Sam Francis

Untitled (SF-316), 1986 29.88 x 22 inch Print

$8,500

Sam Francis, Demeter, Print

Sam Francis

Demeter, 1972 18 x 24 inch Print

$7,500

Sam Francis, Sans titre (SF-271), Print

Sam Francis

Sans titre (SF-271), 1986 25.2 x 19.4 x 0 inch Print

$6,014

Sam Francis, Untitled, Print

Sam Francis

Untitled, 1986 25.3 x 19.4 x 0.1 inch Print

$5,392

Sam Francis, Untitled, Print

Sam Francis

Untitled, 1976 30.1 x 22 x 0.1 inch Print

$5,392

Sam Francis, Untitled, Print

Sam Francis

Untitled, 1989 34.8 x 19 x 0.1 inch Print

$8,088

Sam Francis, Untitled, Print

Sam Francis

Untitled, 1979 29.5 x 41.5 x 0.1 inch Print

$6,636

Sam Francis, Untitled, Print

Sam Francis

Untitled, 1982 29.8 x 46.8 x 0.1 inch Print

$11,613

Sam Francis, L'Etoile (after Sam Francis), Print

Sam Francis

L'Etoile (after Sam Francis), 1955 49.8 x 30.9 x 0 inch Print

$9,436

Sam Francis, Untitled (SF-343), Print

Sam Francis

Untitled (SF-343), 1990 47.25 x 30 x 1 inch Print

$12,500

Sam Francis, Untitled (SF-344), Print

Sam Francis

Untitled (SF-344), 1990 47.25 x 30 x 1 inch Print

$12,500

Sam Francis, Untitled (SF-355), Print

Sam Francis

Untitled (SF-355), 1992 22 x 30 x 1 inch Print

$12,500

Sam Francis, Web (SFS-136), Print

Sam Francis

Web (SFS-136), 1972 41.5 x 53.5 x 1 inch Print

$17,500

Sam Francis, Firewood, Print

Sam Francis

Firewood, 1973 31.5 x 39.5 inch Print

$7,495

Sam Francis, Untitled (SFE-023), CTP, Print

Sam Francis

Untitled (SFE-023), CTP, 1985 11.5 x 7.75 x 0.1 inch Print

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Sam Francis, Untitled (SF-355), Print

Sam Francis

Untitled (SF-355), 1992 22 x 30 x 0.1 inch Print

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Sam Francis, Untitled, Print

Sam Francis

Untitled, 1976 22 x 29.9 inch Print

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Sam Francis, The Upper Red, Print

Sam Francis

The Upper Red, 1963 19.7 x 25.8 x 0.1 inch Print

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Sam Francis, Swatch, Print

Sam Francis

Swatch, 1992 30 x 8 inch Print

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Our recommendations Sam Francis, Sulfur Water (SF-86), Print

Sam Francis

Sulfur Water (SF-86), 1967 28 x 19.1 inch Print

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Our recommendations Sam Francis, Untitled (SF-346), Print

Sam Francis

Untitled (SF-346), 1991 29.9 x 46.3 inch Print

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Sam Francis, Sans Titre (SF 62), Print

Sam Francis

Sans Titre (SF 62), 1967 25.2 x 18.9 inch Print

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Sam Francis, Doubled Cross (SF-188), Print

Sam Francis

Doubled Cross (SF-188), 1973 27.2 x 41.3 inch Print

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Sam Francis, Untitled (SF-340), Print

Sam Francis

Untitled (SF-340), 1989 45.3 x 29.1 inch Print

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Sam Francis, Untitled (SF-267), Print

Sam Francis

Untitled (SF-267), 1982 42.1 x 29.9 inch Print

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Sam Francis, Untitled (SF-259), Print

Sam Francis

Untitled (SF-259), 1980 27.6 x 39.8 inch Print

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Sam Francis, Untitled, Print

Sam Francis

Untitled, 1992 27.5 x 37.5 x 0.1 inch Print

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Sam Francis, Untitled, Print

Sam Francis

Untitled, 1981 42 x 29.8 x 0.1 inch Print

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Sam Francis, Untitled, Print

Sam Francis

Untitled, 1982 42 x 29.8 x 0.1 inch Print

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Sam Francis, Chinese Planet, Print

Sam Francis

Chinese Planet, 1963 29.7 x 22.5 x 0.1 inch Print

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Who is the artist?

”Sam Francis’s paintings are a journey into a dream, a voyage into the landscapes of the soul where colours are lights on fire.”Samuel Lewis Francis (1923–1994) is an American artist, born the 25th of June1923 in San Mateo, California, USA. He died on 4th of November 1994 in Santa Monica. He developed a new aesthetics of colours and a new conception of the canvas. Alongside names such as Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Franz Kline, Sam Francis is an artist who has succeeded in demonstrating a total mastery of abstract expressionism’s impassioned and spontaneous genre.At the age of 20 he joined the air force and in 1944 he crashed in the middle of a desert with his airplane during an exercise. He was hospitalised during two years and that’s when he started to paint. ”My painting comes from my disease. I left the hospital by painting. My body suffered but since I was capable of painting I recovered.” Leaving the hospital, Sam Francis started to study art at Berkeley and in 1946 he got in contact with the abstract art as he attended a course of the artist Clyfford Still. He left for Paris in 1948-1949 where he met with american artists that we today call action painters. He was inspired by their different techniques like dripping and all-over. It was in 1952 at the Galerie Nina Dausset in Paris that Sam Francis’s had his first exhibition which was followed by two others at Galerie Rive Droite.Ever since his accident Sam Francis tried to convey the feeling of infinity which he had caught a glimpse of in the desert. To him, the white canvas interfuses with heaven and he decides to paint nothing but the background, representing infinity. It’s ”the space inbetween the things” that interests him. Just like the spots all elements enable an interpretation as they have been eliminated, depth is what rests, ”depth is all”.His work has been exhibited in numerous institutions and galleries all over the world. Today Sam Francis is represented in most museums of modern and contemporary art e.g. in New York, Los Angeles, Paris Zurich and at Tate Gallery in London. The Museum Idemitsu in Tokyo has the most important collection of his paintings. An exhibition of his ”Years in Paris” was held at la Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume in 1995 shortly after his passing.

What are his 3 main works?

What is Sam Francis’s artistic movement?

The artistic movements of the artists are: Abstract Expressionnism

When was Sam Francis born?

The year of birth of the artist is: 1923