Sam Francis (1923-1994)
Property of a Gentleman
Sam Francis (1923-1994)

Red, Black, Green

Sam Francis (1923-1994)
Red, Black, Green
signed and dated 'Sam Francis 58' (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
18 1/4 x 15 in. (46.3 x 38.1 cm.)
Painted in 1958.
Arthur Tooth & Sons, London
Frank Avery Wilson, London, 1960
Wilson Family, London
Anon. sale; Sotheby's, London, 25 March 1998, lot 39
Private collection, Belgium
Anon. sale; Christie's, London, 28 June 2002, lot 192
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner
D. Burchett-Lere and W. C. Agee, Sam Francis: Catalogue Raisonné of Canvas and Panel Paintings, 1946–1994, Berkeley, 2011, no. 273 (illustrated).

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Lot Essay

This work is included in the Sam Francis: Catalogue Raisonné of Canvas and Panel Paintings, published by the University of California Berkeley Press (UC Press: 2011) under the No. SFF.237 and is also registered in the archives of the Sam Francis Foundation with the No. SFP58-50. This information is subject to change as scholarship continues by the Sam Francis Foundation.

“Sam Francis speaks willingly about his dreams. They are part of a continuous journey inward. He dreams of cities and rooms, of blue landscapes and irises blossoming, of distant journeys and images with mandalas, of wheels and fire and demons. And he often dreams of light and water, tidal waves, the sea.”

P. Selz, Sam Francis, Henry N. Abrams, New York, 1982, p. 13.

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