Sam Francis, Untitled, 1977

Artist: Sam Francis (1923 - 1994)
Title:Untitled, 1977
Medium:Unique Original Monotype with oil paint, dry pigment, ink, and watercolor on handmade paper.
Image:28 in x 23 13/16 in (71 cm x 60.5 cm)
Sheet:28 in x 23 13/16 in (71 cm x 60.5 cm)
Framed:32 3/4 in x 28 1/2 in (83.1 cm x 72.3 cm)
Edition:This is a unique and original work.
Signature:This work is stamped Sam Francis by the Sam Francis Estate on verso and it also carries the Sam Francis Foundation archive number written on verso.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #W-7436
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Historical Description

Sam Francis Untitled, 1977 is an incredible unique monotype with a dynamic composition full of expressive marks by the artist. The color palette of contrasting blues and yellows is accented with small pops of red, green, and purple. Francis juxtaposes the organic and chaotic nature of the paint splatters with rigid concentric rectangles, mimicking a series of frames. The artist plays the concept of framing in relation to the subject of the work, asking the viewer to challenge the traditional idea of what framing means to art. The contrast of the freeform shapes of the paint drips and the straight geometric lines of the rectangles is pleasing the eye and creates visual interest for the eye of the viewer. The energy of Francis’ movements is expertly expressed through this work and can be felt through the paper.

Created in 1977, Sam Francis Untitled is a unique monotype on handmade paper. This work is hand signed by Sam Francis and stamped by the Sam Francis Estate on verso.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Sam Francis Untitled, 1977 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. The Sam Francis Estate, California. Acquired by the present owner in 2001.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Untitled, 1977 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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