Sam Francis, Untitled, 1984

Artist: Sam Francis (1923 - 1994)
Title:Untitled, 1984
Medium:Unique Original Monotype with oil paint, dry pigment, and ink on handmade paper
Image:31 5/8 x 25 in (80.5 cm x 63.4 cm)
Sheet:31 5/8 x 25 in (80.5 cm x 63.4 cm)
Framed:approx. 42 5/8 in x 36 in (108.6 cm x 91.4 cm)
Edition:This is a unique and original work
Signature:This work is hand signed by Sam Francis (San Mateo, 1923- Santa Monica, 1994) in pencil in the lower right.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #W-6176

Historical Description

Sam Francis Untitled, 1984 is a unique work that showcases the beautiful patterns of woodgrain in a rich black pigment, creating an arresting background on which playful bright shapes mingle and float. As the viewer gets lost in this playful and complex world, Francis’s artistic brilliance becomes obvious. The layering of the dark backdrop with the sumptuous colorful pigments and oil paints give the work a tremendous depth. The glowing yellows and reds instantly catch the viewer’s eye, while the texture of the wood and the energetic whips and splatters of paint draw the viewer deeper into the composition. The cool serene blues beckon the eye further back, receding into the organic flow of black lines, infinitely variating and flowing. Aside from the black of the woodcut, the palette is composed of virtually only the three primary colors, yet in Francis’s skillful hands, they become an entire mystical dimension: splendidly abstract yet possessing the intensity of an infinite universe. The piece is both a gorgeous example of Francis’s masterful arrangement of form and color and a fascinating rarity due to the dominance of black not commonly seen in his work. With vibrant hues, dynamic forms, and distinctive textures, this Sam Francis monotype is nothing short of extraordinary.

Created in 1984, this unique original monotype with oil paint, dry pigment, and ink on handmade paper is hand-signed by Sam Francis (San Mateo, 1923- Santa Monica, 1994) in pencil in the lower right.


Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Sam Francis Untitled, 1984 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).

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Sam Francis, Untitled 1984 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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