SAM FRANCIS "SULFUR WATER" 1967
Caviar20 is pleased to be offering this early Sam Francis lithograph from the prime period of his career.
Sam Francis (1923-1994) is one of the most distinctive and collected 20th century abstract artists.
After serving in the air force in WW II, Francis returned to his native California gradually immersing himself in art making. By the end of the 1940's he was devoted to painting which led him to learn, exhibit and travel internationally.
In 1953 one of his canvases was included in the MoMA's seminal exhibition "Twelve Artists" which quickly led to his international reputation.
While Francis is stylistically associated with the second generation of abstract expressionist painters (like Helen Frankenthaler) he spent most of the 1950's moving around and working/exhibiting in places including Paris, Mexico City, New York City and Switzerland. As a result he is somewhat independent of the collectives and "isms" that are normally used to describe post-war abstraction.
(Make no mistake Francis certainly forged important relationships in the art world. Take a look at this work by his friend Walasse Ting. The influence is very apparent)
The one consistent element in Francis' biography is his inimitable style; a combination of splatter and vaguely biomorphic forms executed in saturated primary colors where a pure white background is revealed or remains exposed.
This dynamic lithograph is a paradigm of his optimistic gestural style.
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Published by the San Francisco Museum of Art
Signed and numbered by the artist
From an edition of 50
28”H 19"W (work)