Sam Francis, Untitled, 1990

Artist: Sam Francis (1923 - 1994)
Title:Untitled, 1990
Medium:Color lithograph
Image:46 1/4 in x 30 in (117.5 cm x 76.2 cm)
Sheet:46 1/4 in x 30 in (117.5 cm x 76.2 cm)
Framed:54 1/2 in x 38 in (138.4 cm x 96.5 cm)
Edition:Numbered from the edition of 50 in pencil in the lower right.
Signature:This work is hand signed by Sam Francis (San Mateo, 1923 - Santa Monica, 1994) in pencil in the lower left.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #w-6184

Historical Description

Sam Francis Untitled, 1990 is endowed with wonderful energy and depth which Francis creates so deftly thorough the use of vibrant colors and exciting, organic form. The energy of the piece is further augmented by its vertical orientation, which leads the viewer’s eye in an exciting upward motion. Bold pure colors cover the white background, ruled by a brilliant red streak running down the middle of the composition. The streak is flanked by a beautifully contrasting green, which interplays with bright yellow and deep blue drips and splatters. The layering of the various hues gives the piece a fascinating dimensionality, and one gets the sense of a viewing an entire complex world. There is in immense diversity of forms, ranging from quick thin ribbons to large blooming plumes of color. The variation of both shape and color makes the piece an enthralling visual feast, first drawing the viewer in with the exuberant eye-catching composition, then revealing a multi-layered and dynamic space that revels more and more the longer it’s viewed. This beautiful lithograph exemplifies Sam Francis’s wondrous ability to turn an abstract composition into an exciting and evocative visual experience.

Created in 1990, this color lithograph is hand signed by Sam Francis (San Mateo, 1923 - Santa Monica, 1994) in pencil in the lower left and numbered from an edition of 50 in pencil in the lower right.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Sam Francis Untitled, 1990 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. W. The Prints of Sam Francis: A Catalogue Raisonné 1960-1990 Volume 1. New York: Hudson Hill Press. 1992. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 285.
2.  A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Sam Francis Untitled, 1990 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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