Sam Francis (b. San Mateo, California, 1923-1994) remains a celebrated enigma for art historians — not because of some disconnected artistic invention — but rather, because he was an unparalleled bridge maker between ostensibly incongruent movements and a synthesizer of polar philosophies. His works unify the extremes of Abstract Expressionism, combining the Color Field Painting championed by Mark Rothko and the Action Painting of Jackson Pollock, but levitating the mood of his own works far away from those two brooding camps through the use of open space and saturated luminescent color decades ahead of its time.

AMERICAN, b. 1923-1994

One of the twentieth century’s most profound Abstract Expressionists, American artist Sam Francis is noted as one of the first post-World War II painters to develop an international reputation. Francis created thousands of paintings as well as works on paper, prints and monotypes, housed in major museum collections and institutions around the world. Regarded as one of the leading interpreters of color and light, his work holds references to New York abstract expressionism, color field painting

Francis’ most iconic works are characterized by saturated splashes of color that populate the edges of the canvas in order to emphasize the luminous white void in the center. This contrast between the vibrancy of Francis’ color palette and the austere white picture plane demonstrate the artist’s concern with relationships of space, color, and light, as opposed to the psychologically expressive tendencies of contemporaries such as Jackson Pollock.

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