Untitled  (1986) - Acrylic on canvas
Untitled SFMP-3 () - Mixed media, oil paint and powdered pigment on wood
Untitled  (1979) - Acrylic on paper
Untitled SFMP-14 () - Mixed media, oil paint and powdered pigment on wood
Untitled  (1962) - Acrylic on paper
Untitled [SFP47-9] (1947) - Oil on canvas
Untitled - 1984
Untitled  (1978) - Mixed media monoprint with silkscreen
Untitled  (1983) - Acrylic on canvas
Untitled  (1985) - Ink on paper
Untitled  (1985) - Ink on paper
Untitled  (1982) - Ink on paper
Untitled SFMP-6 () - Mixed media, oil paint and powdered pigment on wood
Untitled  (1959) - watercolor on paper
Untitled  (1988) - Acrylic on paper

Gallery Delaive & Sam Francis Foundation

Gallery Delaive & Sam Francis Foundation

Building on Sam Francis’s creative legacy, the Sam Francis Foundation is dedicated to the transformative power of art as a force for change. Our stated mission is to further a greater understanding of Sam Francis’s art and ideas through a broad array of programs and activities designed to educate, inform, and catalyze new thinking about the importance of creativity in society. Our next phase of activities will specifically focus on three initiatives: national museum exhibitions, arts education and grant giving programming, and revenue-generating development to further the goals of foundation. Please contact Foundation director, Debra Burchett-Lere regarding the ongoing research and documentation for the online publication of the Catalogue Raisonné.

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Selection of Artworks by Sam Francis

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Monotypes

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Catalogue Raisonné

Catalogue Raisonné

Condensed exhibition history of Sam Francis

Condensed exhibition history of Sam Francis

Pictures & Videos

Pictures & Videos

Early Life

Early Life

Sam Francis (1923 - 1994) occupies a prominent position in post-war American painting. Although associated with the Abstract Expressionist movement and Clement Greenberg’s Post-Painterly Abstraction, unlike many American painters of he time he had direct and prolonged exposure to French painting and to Japanese art which had an individual impact on his work.

On leaving the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1944 owing to illness Francis took up painting as a hobby. He decided to make this a serious undertaking studying under David Park in 1947 and completed his BA and MA at the University of California. He was greatly influenced by Abstract Expressionism particularly the works of Clyfford Still and Jackson Pollock. In his use of space on the canvas to allow free circulation of strong colour and the sensitivity to light Francis developed his own style by the time his studies had ended. It was by that time that his journey to become a major figure of post-war art had fully taken off.

About Sam Francis

One of the twentieth century’s most profound Abstract Expressionists, American artist Sam Francis is noted as one of the first post-World War II painters to develop an international reputation. Francis created thousands of paintings as well as works on paper, prints and monotypes, housed in major museum collections and institutions around the world. Regarded as one of the leading interpreters of color and light, his work holds references to New York abstract expressionism, color field painting, Chinese and Japanese art, French impressionism and his own Bay Area roots.

Francis moved to Paris in 1950 where he met Jean-Paul Riopelle who was to remain an important influence, and study of Monet’s Waterlilies had a profound impact on his work. From a very muted palette of greys and whites he returned to the qualities of light and colour producing such works as Big Red 1953. He continues to develop the use of white space and increased the dimensions of his paintings for greater emphasis. During his period in Europe he executed a number of monumental mural paintings.

Francis returned to California in 1962 and was then influenced by the West Coast School’s preoccupation with mysticism and Eastern philosophy. Blue had become a more dominant feature of his work since 1959 inspired by personal suffering and the great joy of becoming a father for the first time in 1961. This led to combinations of hard colour and more disciplined structures with centrally placed rectangles during the 1970s. Eventually these more rigid structures gave way to looser configurations sometimes of snake-like forms with web-like patterns. Blue, sometimes brilliant, remained an important part of many later works.

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