SAM FRANCIS (1923-1994)
SAM FRANCIS (1923-1994)
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SAM FRANCIS (1923-1994)

Untitled No. 9

SAM FRANCIS (1923-1994)
Francis, S.
Untitled No. 9
signed and dated 'Sam Francis 73' (on the reverse)
acrylic and oil on canvas
84 x 72 in. (213.4 x 182.9 cm.)
Painted in 1973.
André Emmerich Gallery, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner, 1975
D. Burchett-Lere, ed., Sam Francis: Catalogue Raisonné of Canvas and Panel Paintings, 1946–1994, Berkeley, 2011, cat. no. SFF.600 (illustrated on DVD I).
D. Burchett-Lere, ed., Sam Francis: Online Catalogue Raisonné Project, digital, ongoing, no. SFF.600 (illustrated).
New York, André Emmerich Gallery, Sam Francis, October-November 1973.
Richmond, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Twelve American Painters, October-November 1974, p. 26.

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“What is characteristic of Sam Francis’ paintings is that the presence of the origin of the creation of order, the presence of chaos as the mother of order, is always strongly felt. It would seem that the artist takes special care in making this presence obvious. It is an element of pride and an element of modesty at the same time.” - P. Selz, Sam Francis, New York, 1982, p. 117

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