Sam Francis, Untitled, 1983

Artist: Sam Francis (1923 - 1994)
Title:Untitled, 1983
Medium:Unique Original Monotype with oil paint, dry pigment, and ink on handmade paper
Image Size:25 1/8 in x 29 1/2 in (63.5 cm x 74.9 cm)
Sheet Size:25 1/8 in x 29 1/2 in (63.5 cm x 74.9 cm)
Framed Size:35 3/8 in x 39 5/8 in (89.9 cm x 100.6 cm)
Edition:Unique Original Monotype
Signature:This work is stamped with the Sam Francis signature stamp and Sam Francis estate stamp on verso
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #W-6215

Historical Description

Sam Francis Untitled, 1983 is masterfully created in a way where rich patterns, texture, and color are brought to life. Best known for his brilliance and use of color, Francis allows one to feel the sensation that reverberates throughout this piece. The basic hues that he uses convey power and clarity which help bring out the different patterns intertwined. The pop of red immediately grabs the viewer’s attention but is also central to the entirety of the piece in that the circular shape balances the rest of the angular silhouettes. Francis proves his mastery in adept skill by accomplishing an astonishing piece within such a short tonal range. Red, orange, navy, and yellow pierce the viewer’s line of vision that is successfully accompanied by variant shapes. Horizontal, linear, and jagged are these silhouettes that cut through the middle of the plane. In it, he not only creates but disrupts the composition in such a functionally sophisticated manner.

The texture increasingly varies from top to bottom and left to right. Most salient is his ability to control this explosion of color and texture—it is what defines Francis’ works as complex and distinct. As a viewer we cannot help but to be entranced by such a beautiful mesmerizing work of art. Francis opens our eye to a world of color that alters moods and stirs up fantastical emotions.

Created in 1983, this unique original monotype with oil paint, dry pigment, and ink on handmade paper is estate stamped on verso.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:

Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Sam Francis Untitled, 1983 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.