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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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Print, Untitled 4, Sam Francis

Untitled 4

Sam Francis

Print - 55 x 40 cm Print - 21.7 x 15.7 inch

$2,036

Painting, SF 89-153, Sam Francis

SF 89-153

Sam Francis

Painting - 67 x 51 cm Painting - 26.4 x 20.1 inch

$96,152

Fine Art Drawings, Yea, Sam Francis

Yea

Sam Francis

Fine Art Drawings - 21 x 27 x 1 cm Fine Art Drawings - 8.3 x 10.6 x 0.4 inch

$24,886

Print, Untitled (SFE-117), Sam Francis

Untitled (SFE-117)

Sam Francis

Print - 53.5 x 46 x 0.2 cm Print - 21.1 x 18.1 x 0.1 inch

$3,280

Print, Untitled SF 221, Sam Francis

Untitled SF 221

Sam Francis

Print - 70.5 x 108.5 x 0.3 cm Print - 27.8 x 42.7 x 0.1 inch

$5,543 $4,989

Print, Untitled SF 351, Sam Francis

Untitled SF 351

Sam Francis

Print - 76 x 56 x 0.3 cm Print - 29.9 x 22 x 0.1 inch

$4,412 $3,971

Print, Firewood, Sam Francis

Firewood

Sam Francis

Print - 80 x 100.3 cm Print - 31.5 x 39.5 inch

$7,495

Print, Untitled, Sam Francis

Untitled

Sam Francis

Print - 64.2 x 49.2 x 0.2 cm Print - 25.3 x 19.4 x 0.1 inch

$5,882

Painting, SF 84-871, Sam Francis

SF 84-871

Sam Francis

Painting - 22 x 9 cm Painting - 8.7 x 3.5 inch

$19,796

Print, Untitled 2, Sam Francis

Untitled 2

Sam Francis

Print - 84 x 64 cm Print - 33.1 x 25.2 inch

$2,036

Print, Self Portrait (SF-050), Sam Francis

Self Portrait (SF-050)

Sam Francis

Print - 104.1 x 74.9 x 0.3 cm Print - 41 x 29.5 x 0.1 inch

$1,500

Print, Colors in Space, Sam Francis

Colors in Space

Sam Francis

Print - 47 x 66 x 0.3 cm Print - 18.5 x 26 x 0.1 inch

$5,090 $4,581

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

Untitled (SF-106A)

Sam Francis

Print - 72 x 102 cm Print - 28.3 x 40.2 inch

$8,484

Print, Untitled, Sam Francis

Untitled

Sam Francis

Print - 63 x 89.5 x 0.3 cm Print - 24.8 x 35.2 x 0.1 inch

$3,959 $3,563

Print, Composition Abstraite, Sam Francis

Composition Abstraite

Sam Francis

Print - 103 x 70 x 0.3 cm Print - 40.6 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch

$2,828

Print, SFE-080RC, Sam Francis

SFE-080RC

Sam Francis

Print - 56 x 76 cm Print - 22 x 29.9 inch

$9,615

Print, Untitled, Sam Francis

Untitled

Sam Francis

Print - 70 x 75.5 x 0.2 cm Print - 27.6 x 29.7 x 0.1 inch

$6,561

Print, Untitled, Sam Francis

Untitled

Sam Francis

Print - 88.3 x 48.3 x 0.2 cm Print - 34.8 x 19 x 0.1 inch

$8,823

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

L'Etoile (after Sam Francis)

Sam Francis

Print - 126.4 x 78.5 x 0.1 cm Print - 49.8 x 30.9 x 0 inch

$10,294

Print, Untitled (SF-317), Sam Francis

Untitled (SF-317)

Sam Francis

Print - 75.9 x 55.9 x 0.3 cm Print - 29.88 x 22 x 0.1 inch

$8,500

Print, Untitled (SF-317), Sam Francis

Untitled (SF-317)

Sam Francis

Print - 75.9 x 55.9 cm Print - 29.88 x 22 inch

$8,500

Print, Untitled (SFE-013), Sam Francis

Untitled (SFE-013)

Sam Francis

Print - 82.6 x 40.6 x 0.3 cm Print - 32.5 x 16 x 0.1 inch

$7,500

Print, Untitled (SFE-013), Sam Francis

Untitled (SFE-013)

Sam Francis

Print - 82.6 x 40.6 cm Print - 32.5 x 16 inch

$7,500

Print, Untitled (SF-346), Sam Francis

Untitled (SF-346)

Sam Francis

Print - 76 x 117.5 cm Print - 29.9 x 46.3 inch

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

Sulfur Water (SF-86)

Sam Francis

Print - 71 x 48.5 cm Print - 28 x 19.1 inch

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Print, The Upper Red, Sam Francis

The Upper Red

Sam Francis

Print - 50 x 65.5 x 0.3 cm Print - 19.7 x 25.8 x 0.1 inch

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Print, Untitled, Sam Francis

Untitled

Sam Francis

Print - 56 x 76 cm Print - 22 x 29.9 inch

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Print, Untitled (SF-269), Sam Francis

Untitled (SF-269)

Sam Francis

Print - 121 x 87.5 cm Print - 47.6 x 34.4 inch

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

Doubled Cross (SF-188)

Sam Francis

Print - 69 x 105 cm Print - 27.2 x 41.3 inch

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Print, Untitled (SF-340), Sam Francis

Untitled (SF-340)

Sam Francis

Print - 115 x 74 cm Print - 45.3 x 29.1 inch

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Print, Untitled (SF-259), Sam Francis

Untitled (SF-259)

Sam Francis

Print - 70 x 101 cm Print - 27.6 x 39.8 inch

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Print, Chinese Planet, Sam Francis

Chinese Planet

Sam Francis

Print - 75.5 x 57.2 x 0.3 cm Print - 29.7 x 22.5 x 0.1 inch

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

Metal Field I (SFE-2C)

Sam Francis

Print - 99.1 x 118.1 x 0.3 cm Print - 39 x 46.5 x 0.1 inch

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Print, Untitled, Sam Francis

Untitled

Sam Francis

Print - 106.7 x 75.6 x 0.2 cm Print - 42 x 29.8 x 0.1 inch

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Print, Untitled, Sam Francis

Untitled

Sam Francis

Print - 76.5 x 56 x 0.2 cm Print - 30.1 x 22 x 0.1 inch

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Print, Untitled, Sam Francis

Untitled

Sam Francis

Print - 69.9 x 95.3 x 0.2 cm Print - 27.5 x 37.5 x 0.1 inch

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Print, Untitled, Sam Francis

Untitled

Sam Francis

Print - 106.7 x 75.6 x 0.2 cm Print - 42 x 29.8 x 0.1 inch

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Print, Untitled (SF-313), Sam Francis

Untitled (SF-313)

Sam Francis

Print - 75.9 x 55.9 x 0.3 cm Print - 29.88 x 22 x 0.1 inch

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Print, Untitled (SF-313), Sam Francis

Untitled (SF-313)

Sam Francis

Print - 75.9 x 55.9 cm Print - 29.88 x 22 inch

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Print, Untitled (SF-316), Sam Francis

Untitled (SF-316)

Sam Francis

Print - 75.9 x 55.9 cm Print - 29.88 x 22 inch

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Print, Colors in Space II, Sam Francis

Colors in Space II

Sam Francis

Print - 67 x 49 x 0.2 cm Print - 26.4 x 19.3 x 0.1 inch

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

Untitled (SFE-023), CTP

Sam Francis

Print - 29.2 x 19.7 x 0.3 cm Print - 11.5 x 7.75 x 0.1 inch

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Print, Swatch, Sam Francis

Swatch

Sam Francis

Print - 76.2 x 20.3 cm Print - 30 x 8 inch

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

Untitled (SFE-023), CTP

Sam Francis

Print - 29.2 x 19.7 cm Print - 11.5 x 7.75 inch

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Print, Untitled (SF-356), Sam Francis

Untitled (SF-356)

Sam Francis

Print - 76 x 119 cm Print - 29.9 x 46.9 inch

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Print, Untitled (SF-267), Sam Francis

Untitled (SF-267)

Sam Francis

Print - 107 x 76 cm Print - 42.1 x 29.9 inch

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

Untitled (Drawing for sculpture) SF66-111

Sam Francis

Painting - 109 x 84 cm Painting - 42.9 x 33.1 inch

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Print, Untitled (SF-355), Sam Francis

Untitled (SF-355)

Sam Francis

Print - 55.9 x 76.2 x 0.3 cm Print - 22 x 30 x 0.1 inch

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Print, Untitled (SFE-089), Sam Francis

Untitled (SFE-089)

Sam Francis

Print - 80.6 x 108.6 x 0.3 cm Print - 31.75 x 42.75 x 0.1 inch

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What is Sam Francis’s artistic movement?

The artistic movements of the artists are: Movement Abstract Expressionism, Der Blaue Reiter

When was Sam Francis born?

The year of birth of the artist is: 1923