SAM FRANCIS (1923-1994)

Untitled Consg at Davidson Gallery Nov2019


Lithograph on BFK Rives 1976 A/P; Edition:30
23 1/2 x 31 1/2 in (57.0 x 80.0 cm)

Signed: S,lr SF.211;L.203
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Order to Chaos, Chaos to Order! The life of the twentieth century’s most insightful Abstract Expressionist painter, Sam Francis, was not a walk in the park. Having originally earned a scientific degree from UC Berkeley he found himself in rehabilitation for 7 years after World War II where he found his “artist-self” painting from his bed. Inspired and passionate he graduated from UC Berkeley (for a second time) in 1950 with a degree in art, and moved to Paris, where Time Magazine pronounced him, “the hottest American painter in Paris.” Developing his career in Europe he grasped the first international reputation as an American painter while maintaining studios in Bern, Tokyo, Paris, Mexico City, New York and California.

Francis created paintings as well as works on paper-prints and monotypes. Regarded as one of the leading interpreters of color and light, his work holds references to California abstractism, color field painting, Chinese and Japanese art and his own Bay Area roots.

During the last year of his life, suffering from prostate cancer, he used one working hand to complete a light filled final series of 150 small paintings before he died in Santa Monica, CA and was buried in Marin County just north of San Francisco.