Sam Francis (1923-1994)
Sam Francis (1923-1994)
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Property from the Foundation Mireille and James Lévy
Sam Francis (1923-1994)


Sam Francis (1923-1994)
signed, inscribed and dated 'Sam Francis Tokyo 1971' (on the reverse)
acrylic and oil on canvas
51 ¾ x 64 in. (131.4 x 162.6 cm.)
Painted in 1971.
Galerie Kornfeld und Cie, Bern
Gimpel Fils Gallery, London, 1974
Private collection
Anon. sale; Sotheby's, London, 2 July 1975, lot 105
Waddington Galleries, London
William Pall Gallery, New York
Private collection, St. Louis, 1978
Anon. sale; Christie, Manson & Woods, New York, 18 November 1981, lot 45
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner
Art in Los Angeles: Seventeen Artists in the Sixties, exh. cat., Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1981, p. 69 (illustrated).
Sam Francis, exh. cat., Rome, Galleria Il Gabbiano, 1998, p. 33 (illustrated).
Sam Francis: Ölbilder, farbige Zeichnungen, exh. cat., Zurich, Galerie Kornfeld, 1975, n.p. (illustrated).
M. Weber, "Metropolitan Life: Highlighting a New York Collection," Architectural Digest, March 1987, n.p. (installation view illustrated).
Sam Francis: Remembering 1923–1994, exh. cat., Amsterdam, Gallery Delaive, 2004, p. 44 (illustrated).
Sam Francis: Retrospective in Blue, Bratislava, Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum, 2010, p. 269 (installation view illustrated).
D. Burchett-Lere, ed., Sam Francis: Catalogue Raisonné of Canvas and Panel Paintings, 1946–1994, DVD I, Berkeley, 2011, no. SFF.557 (illustrated).
D. Burchett-Lere, ed., Sam Francis: Online Catalogue Raisonné Project, digital, ongoing, no. SFF.557 (illustrated).
Bern, Galerie Kornfeld und Cie, Sam Francis: Werke 1969–1973, October-November 1973; no. 8 (illustrated).
London, Gimpel Fils Gallery, Sam Francis: Paintings and Gouaches 1969–1973, February-March 1974 (illustrated on the exhibition announcement).
Zürich, Galerie Kornfeld und Klipstein, Sam Francis: Ölbilder-Farbige Zeichnungen, April-May 1975.

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"Color is born of the interpenetration of light and dark." -- Sam Francis

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