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Sam Francis

Sam Francis


Nationality: American

Birth Place: San Mateo (San Mateo county, California, United States)

Sam Francis was born in San Mateo, California in 1923. As an internationally renowned abstract expressionist of the 20th century, Francis maintained art studios in Paris, Tokyo, New York and Los Angeles. He is best known for his thousands of works on paper, including prints and monotypes, as well as for his vibrant and colorful paintings.

Francis served the United States during WWII enlisting in the Air Force, with his war injuries puttin him into the hospital for several years. During this time, he acquired a love of art and pursued a Bachelor's Degree in 1949 and his Master's Degree in 1950 from the University of California at Berkeley. His degrees were in the field of medicine, botany and psychology.

After receiving his Master's Degree, he spent most of the 1950's in Paris and realized his first exhibition in Paris in 1952. The next eight years Francis spent painting in Paris, south of France, Bern, New York, Mexico City and Tokyo. These years set the stage for his love of French modern painting, Zen Buddhism and Asian culture. Francis enjoyed New York expressionism in abstract, field painting Chinese and Japanese art, and French impressionism and color.

In these eight years, Francis expelled upon his paintings in stages that began with monochromatic abstractions. Following this, he did murals showing rich colors in addition to paintings with large areas of white known as open paintings. Around 1956 Francis grew to international prominence with his artwork exhibits at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, with his 1953 "Big Red" and "Twelve Artists".


Sam Francis Original Art Values Sold at Auction

Item Realized
SAM FRANCIS (American, 1923-1994) Untitled, 1988 Acrylic on canvas 79-1/2 x 120 inches (201.9 x 304.8 cm) [painting h
SAM FRANCIS (American, 1923-1994)Untitled, 1988Acrylic on canvas79-1/2 x 120 inches (201.9 x 304.8 cm) [painting h...
Lot 72083
Auction 5172
Saturday, May 31, 2014
SAM FRANCIS (American, 1923-1994) Bright Saddle, 1985 Acrylic on canvas 36 x 42 inches (91.4 x 106.7 cm) Signed with
SAM FRANCIS (American, 1923-1994)Bright Saddle, 1985Acrylic on canvas36 x 42 inches (91.4 x 106.7 cm)Signed with...
Lot 72079
Auction 5172
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Sam Francis (1923-1994) Untitled, 1994 Acrylic on canvas 15 x 18 inches (38.1 x 45.7 cm) Dated in pencil on stretche
Sam Francis (1923-1994)Untitled, 1994Acrylic on canvas15 x 18 inches (38.1 x 45.7 cm)Dated in pencil on stretche...
Lot 69025
Auction 5262
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Sam Francis (1923-1994) Lyre Eight, 1972 Screenprint in colors on Italia paper 54 x 42 inches (137.2 x 106.7 cm) (sig
Sam Francis (1923-1994)Lyre Eight, 1972Screenprint in colors on Italia paper54 x 42 inches (137.2 x 106.7 cm) (sig...
Lot 77030
Auction 5311
Monday, October 23, 2017
Sam Francis (1923-1994) Untitled (SFE-055), 1989 Aquatint and etching in colors on wove paper 9 x 5-7/8 inches (22.9
Sam Francis (1923-1994)Untitled (SFE-055), 1989Aquatint and etching in colors on wove paper9 x 5-7/8 inches (22.9 ...
Lot 13065
Auction 191736
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

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Sam Francis (1923-1994) Untitled, from the Carter Presidential Portfolio, 1981 Lithograph in colors on Rives BFK p... (1...
Sam Francis (1923-1994) Untitled, from the Carter Presidential Portfolio, 1981 Lithograph in colors on Rives BFK p... (1)

Auction 191822
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

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