Sam Francis, Sam Francis Monotype Untitled, 1981

Artist: Sam Francis (1923 - 1994)
Title:Sam Francis Monotype Untitled, 1981
Medium:Unique original monotype with oil paint, dry pigment, and ink on handmade paper
Image:24 7/8 in x 30 1/4 in (63.1 cm x 76.8 cm)
Sheet:24 7/8 in x 30 1/4 in (63.1 cm x 76.8 cm)
Framed:approx. 35 7/8 in x 41 1/4 in (74.1 cm x 87.8 cm)
Edition:This is a unique work and original work.
Signature:This work is hand signed by Sam Francis (San Mateo, 1923- Santa Monica, 1994) in ink
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #W-6174

Historical Description

The vivacity in Sam Francis Untitled, 1981 entrances the viewer to look at color, tone, form, and composition as a whole. Experimenting with shapes and lines, one can see how inquisitive the nature of this piece is. The ragged painted lines seductively strewn across, draws the viewer closer so that one can see the intricate details of his handiwork. The more we examine this work we cultivate an understanding of Francis’ appreciation for color. The sweeping gesticulations of the cerulean blue and verdant green paint splatters stimulate the wandering eye as the larger and more structured shapes are painted with powerful solid hues to give light to the secondary softer colors throughout. These shapes and colors gyrate and clash against each other so that they create a sense of reoccurrence and continual motion. What unifies everything together is the strong impression of feeling anchored in such a work that allows for movement and enthusiasm. The energy with the use of brilliant pigments clings onto the desire of the beholder as we can feel the perimeters and contours disassemble yet coalesce organically.

 

At the very heart of Francis’ work lies a fascination with luminous colors that are expressive and gestural. Every corner and space is saturated with determination and artistic decision. An exquisite piece, Untitled 1981, showcases Francis’s own psyche in his ability to combine hard color, disciplined structures, and crucially, sensation.

Created in 1981, 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 ink in the lower right.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:

Sam Francis Untitled, 1981 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, Untitled, 1981, is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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