HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2019

Sam Francis, Monotype Untitled, 1989

Artist: Sam Francis (1923 - 1994)
Title:Monotype Untitled, 1989
Medium:Unique Original Color Monotype
Sheet:42 in x 30 in (106.7 cm x 76.2 cm)
Edition:A unique and original work.
Signature:This work is hand signed and dated by Sam Francis (San Mateo, 1923- Santa Monica, 1994) in pencil on verso; also inscribed in pencil on the reverse 'Palo Alto.'
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #W-5930

Historical Description

Sam Francis Monotype Untitled, 1989 is a verifiable world of color. Starting in the center of the work we are stunned by a deep circle of royal purple, ringed by exciting and vibrant red. The red wraps its way around and explodes out of the top, joining the rest of the frenzy. As we look outward, the circle becomes the only point of calm within the composition. The rest is encompassed by dashing lines of burgundy, green, black, and blue. Drops of yellow, here now there, sparkle light across the surface. Underneath, at what looks like the base layer of the color frenzy, are more delicate blues and pinks that have a more watery appearance. The result is a composition full of energy and excitement; one that causes our eyes to dart around attempting to take it all in. The closer you get, the more complex the colors become. From a distance the work is magnificent, and up close it becomes all the more thorough. This is the beauty of Francis' work - it is just as complex and interesting no matter how you look at it, and there are always exciting new details to discover.

Francis was a master at abstraction and he brought all the colors to the table. It is clear from Untitled, 1989 that his color is emotive and capable of portraying an array of emotions through the shades used and application.

Created in 1989, this unique original color monotype is hand signed and dated by Sam Francis (San Mateo, 1923- Santa Monica, 1994) in pencil on verso; also inscribed in pencil on the reverse 'Palo Alto.'; a unique and original work.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:

1. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:

Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Sam Francis Untitled, 1989 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

 

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