Sam Francis, Long Blue, 1964

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Artist: Sam Francis (1923 - 1994)
Title: Long Blue, 1964
Reference: L72
Medium: Color Lithograph on Rives BFK paper
Image Size: 24 7/8 in x 35 3/8 in (63.2 cm x 89.9 cm)
Sheet Size: 24 7/8 in x 35 3/8 in (63.2 cm x 89.9 cm)
Framed Size: 32 5/8 in x 43 1/16 in (82.9 cm x 109.3 cm)
Edition: A trial proof inscribed ‘essais’ in pencil in the lower center; aside from the numbered edition of 30.
Signature: This work is hand signed by Sam Francis (San Mateo, 1923- Santa Monica, 1994) in pencil in the lower center.
Condition: This work is in excellent condition.
Gallery Price: Sold Inquire
ID # W-6150

Sam Francis Long Blue, 1964 is an exciting expression of color and movement formatted in a landscape orientation. Emblematic of two of the artist’s most recognized approaches, Long Blue showcases his more painterly, quick and loose application, while recalling his iconic ‘Edge’ paintings.  Utilizing a simple palette of primary hues, Sam Francis constructs this abstract image around the perimeter of the composition.  Going against conventions, the emphasis lies on the borders, with the prominent forms of a bold blue streak dominating the left side side and upper right corner. Additional splatters and sweeping brushstrokes in red and yellow similarly gravitate towards the sheet edge, partially overlapping in areas. This interaction of color creates additional hues in the palette of green and orange from the intermixing of the slightly transparent inks. The open center is left mostly blank apart from sporadic drips and splashes of color which dissipate towards the middle.

Created in 1964, this color lithograph on Rives BFK paper is hand signed by Sam Francis (San Mateo, 1923- Santa Monica, 1994) in pencil in the lower center. A trial proof inscribed ‘essais’ in pencil in the lower center; aside from the numbered edition of 30. Sam Francis Long Blue, 1964 was printed by Emil Matthieu at Emil Matthieu Aterlier, Zurich, and published by Kornfeld and Klipstein, Bern.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:

Sam Francis Long Blue, 1964 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. Lembark, Connie. The Prints of Sam Francis Catalogue Raisonné 1960-1990. New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1992. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. L72.

2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:

Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards Sam Francis Long Blue, 1964 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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