Sam Francis, Trietto 3, 1991

Artist: Sam Francis (1923 - 1994)
Title:Trietto 3, 1991
Medium:Color aquatint on Fabriano paper.
Sheet Size:38 1/2 in x 53 1/8 in (97 cm x 135 cm)
Edition:Numbered from the edition of 66 in pencil in the lower left margin; there were also 14 artists proofs. Printed by Vigna Antoniniana Stamperia d'Arte, Rome and published by 2RC Edizioni d'Arte.
Signature:This work is hand signed by Sam Francis (San Mateo, 1923 - Santa Monica, 1994) in pencil in the lower right margin.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #w-8348
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Historical Description

Sam Francis Trietto 3, 1991 reverberates with verdant colors, energetic shapes, compulsive lines—all layered upon each other. A later work of his entire oeuvre, Sam Francis showcases an expressive work of art with two transparent purple coils taking up opposite sides of the composition, twisting in various ways to create a fluid abstraction. Within the organic forms are a multitude of colors ranging from sky blue, wine red, turquoise, teal, and cobalt violet hues; not able to be contained, the colors bleed out onto the negative space in the sheet, creating a whirlwind of color. Opaque deep blue grids repeat across the sheet, chaotically overlapping the multitudes of hues, integrating seamlessly into the composition. Explosions of color inundate the sheet, bursts and splatters of vermillion reds and golden yellows added to the muddled chaos that shines elegantly. Accompanying highly irregular forms are thick lines that increase the volume of texture. There is an explosive quality where paints bleed of ferocious spirit, and the density of all these irregular forms and elements are combined to create an eclectic manifestation of who Sam Francis was as an abstract expressionist. Our minds become like his, where the range of creativity has no bounds when it comes to his painterly expressions on paper.

Created in 1991, Sam Francis Trietto 3, 1991 is a color aquatint on Fabriano paper. Hand signed by Sam Francis (San Mateo, 1923 - Santa Monica, 1994) in pencil in the lower right margin, this work is numbered from the edition of 66 in pencil in the lower left margin; there were also 14 artists proofs. Printed by Vigna Antoniniana Stamperia d'Arte, Rome and published by 2RC Edizioni d'Arte.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Sam Francis Trietto 3, 1991 is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that will accompany the sale of the work).

  1. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Sam Francis Trietto 3, 1991 is presented in a complementary moulding and optical grade Plexiglas.