Signed Lower Right, Dated and Numbered Lower Left
28 x 38 3/8 inches (71.1 x 97 cm.)
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American painter Sam Francis’s abstract expressionist work is credited for helping to bring attention to American postwar painting. He cycled through several phases of his artistry – his early work in the 1950’s often featured amorphous, undefined shapes, concerning itself with using color in expressive ways. As time went on, he explored new techniques, focusing on bold, monochromatic abstractions. Francis would also experiment with drop and splatter work reminiscent of Pollock’s style, eventually moving on to more clearly defined grid like patterns. Toward the end of his career, he owned a print shop, where he undertook an active artistic practice in printmaking. Since his death in 1994, the artist has bee the subject of over 90 solo exhibitions, remaining incredibly relevant and influential in today’s art scene.
This original lithograph is a sublime example of Sam Francis’ evolutive artistic journey, fusing his monochromatic schemes with his early 70’s Fresh Air style incorporating drips and splashes of color reminiscent of Pollock’s looser style. Concerned with the Jungian analysis of dreams at that time, the piece might allude to unconscious images generated while sleeping.