Sam Francis, Untitled, 1982
|Artist:||Sam Francis (1923 - 1994)|
|Medium:||Unique original color monotype with woodcut, oil paint, dry pigment, and ink on handmade paper|
|Image:||78 in x 42 15/16 in x (198 cm x 109 cm)|
|Sheet:||78 in x 42 15/16 in x (198 cm x 109 cm)|
|Framed:||85 7/8 in x 50 3/8 in (218.1 cm x 127.9 cm)|
|Edition:||A unique and original work|
|Signature:||This work is stamped with Sam Francis’s (San Mateo, 1923- Santa Monica, 1994) signature and estate stamp on the verso.|
|Condition:||This work is in excellent condition.|
First to stand out in this Sam Francis unique Monotype Untitled, 1982 is the reddish-iron color that makes up the central compositional element of the monotype. Contrasted against the creamy white paper, the warm red color of the woodcut pops out. Layered atop the red textured woodcut are swatches of blues, pinks, and yellows. They swipe across the monotype like bandages. Finally, stop these bands of color are swift flicks of paint that stripe and weave across the work in greens, teals, and reds. The directionality of the work confounds: the red woodcut brings the eyes horizontally from side to side, until we reach the most primary blue swatches which move the eyes in a more diagonal direction. The smaller paint swishes allow the eyes to dance across the canvas. Francis has created a wonderfully dynamic work that allows the viewer to traverse the monotype with their eyes.
Central to the composition of the work is a large rectangular red woodcut, which itself could exist as a complete work of art. It encompasses much of Francis’ typical style, with reds that just edge in on the sides of the woodcut, and colors that dance across the surface. Stepping back, the work comes together as a complete composition with different elements that work in harmony. Upon closer examination, the piece unveils new delightful textures and colors. Viewed from any distance, there is always something new and exciting to discover and appreciate about Francis Untitled, 1982.
Created in 1982, this unique original color monotype with woodcut, oil paint, dry pigment, and ink on handmade paper is stamped with Sam Francis’s (San Mateo, 1923- Santa Monica, 1994) signature and estate stamp on the verso; this work was also inscribed by the printer Garner Tullis: ‘This monotype was made in collaboration with Sam Francis and me in 1982 in San Francisco’ on the verso. A unique and original work.
Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Sam Francis Untitled, 1982 is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices accompanying the final 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, 1982 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.