Lot # 013
Post-War & Contemporary Art Live auction

Sam Francis
1923 - 1994 American

double-sided acrylic on paper
on verso signed, titled, dated 1988 and inscribed "Venus 1988"
14 3/4 x 10 5/8 in  37.5 x 27cm

Solomon & Co. Fine Art, New York
Private Collection, New York
Sold sale of Contemporary Art, Sotheby’s New York, September 10, 2008, lot 242
Schillay Fine Art Inc., New York
Acquired from the above by the present Private Collection, June 2009

Sam Francis was one of the twentieth century’s most profound Abstract Expressionists. After graduating from the University of California, Berkeley in 1950 with a degree in art, Francis moved to Paris, where he would be named by Time magazine in 1956 as “the hottest American painter in Paris these days.” While in Paris, Francis developed close friendships with fellow American artist Joan Mitchell and the Canadian artist Jean Paul Riopelle. In the 1970s to 1980s, Francis was working with a lush and vibrant palette and painting with elongated forms, drips and splatters. This is a classic gestural painting by Francis, full of energy and intensity. The multitude of colours, diverse textures and varying placements of paint are typical of his 1980s acrylic works on paper.

This work has been given the interim identification number of SF88-308 in consideration for the forthcoming Sam Francis: Catalogue Raisonné of Unique Works on Paper. This information is subject to change as scholarship continues by the Sam Francis Foundation.

Estimate: $25,000 ~ $35,000 CAD  
Sold for: $169,250 CAD (including Buyer's Premium)

All prices are in Canadian Dollars.

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