Sam Francis Untitled, from Michel Waldberg: Poemes dans le ciel

Artist: Sam Francis
Medium: Lithograph on Rives BFK
Title: Untitled
Portfolio: Michel Waldberg: Poemes dans le ciel
Year: 1986
Edition: HC 20/20
Framed Size: 38 1/2" x 30 3/4"
Sheet Size: 29 7/8" x 22"
Reference: SF-313
Signed: Signed and numbered
This print is from Francis's six-print portfolio Michel Waldberg: Poemes dans le cel, with text by Waldberg. The edition of 176 includes 150 examples numbered 1/100-100/100 and 1/L-L/L, and a special edition of 26 examples, numbered A/Z-Z/Z. There were also several examples designated hors commerce, which were reserved for the artist and author.


Sam Francis Untitled, from Michel Waldberg: Poemes dans le ciel

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Sam Francis was born in 1923 in San Mateo, California. His interest in art began shortly after serving in the United States Air Force in World War II. By 1950 he had received BA and MA degrees from the University of California at Berkeley, and throughout the following decade worked as a painter in Berne, Mexico City, New York, Paris, and Tokyo.

While Francis’ work was clearly influenced by the abstract expressionists –namely Arshile Gorky, Helen Frankenthaler, and others– Francis was arguably the first postwar twentieth-century painter to achieve international acclaim, keeping studio spaces in France, Japan, and on both coasts of the United States. He died in 1994 in Santa Monica, California.