Artists

SAM FRANCIS

Sam Francis is born in San Matteo, California, a city lying south of San Francisco, in 1923 and enters local University of Berkeley, choosing a major in botanic, then in psychology and medicine. Second World War causes the interruption of his studies, and in 1943 he enlists in Military Aeronautics as a pilot. Due to an accident Francis remains hospitalized for three years and dedicates himself to painting, considering such activity as a sort of therapy. After going back to Berkeley, he takes a degree in painting and history of art. In 1950 he moves to Paris, where his first personal exhibition is held two years later at Galerie du Dragon. In 1955, he displays his works for the first time in a museum, at Kunsthalle in Bern. In 1959 he goes to live in New York and in 1962 in Santa Monica, California. In spite of his continuous traveling, he has some studies in Europe and Japan.

In 1984 he founds Lapis Press which to this day can be classified among the most important publishers specialized in visual arts and philosophy, and creates a foundation dedicated to research and supportive of alternative medicine. Francis lives in California until his death in 1994. In 1993 the artist generously donates to MOCA ten paintings created between 1951 and 1992. He begins his relationship with the Museum as the founder of the Board of Governors and remains a member until 1989. Moreover, as a member of the committee for the construction of the new MOCA building, he focuses the general attention on works by Arata Isozaki. Sam Francis’s works are shattered in the collections of museums all over the world: The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., The Museum of Modern Art in Shiga, Japan, Tate Gallery in London. Several mural paintings of his are commissioned in Tokyo, Basilea, Berlin, New York and San Francisco.
Details on work
Senza Titolo
Year: 1949    Dimensions: 30,5 x 24,5 cm
Tecnique: watercolor on paper
Notes: © Sam Francis Foundation, California/Artist Rights Society (ARS) New York
Senza Titolo
Year: 1950-1990    Dimensions: 43x35,5 cm
Tecnique: Acrylic, gouache, ink and tempera on paper
Notes: © Sam Francis Foundation, California/Artist Rights Society (ARS) New York
Senza Titolo
Year: 1952    Dimensions: 62x49,5
Tecnique: ink on paper
Notes: © Sam Francis Foundation, California/Artist Rights Society (ARS) New York
Senza Titolo
Year: 1956    Dimensions: 74,9x55,9 cm
Tecnique: Gouache and watercolor on paper
Notes: © Sam Francis Foundation, California/Artist Rights Society (ARS) New York
Senza Titolo
Year: 1957    Dimensions: 94x182 cm.
Tecnique: Gouache and watercolor on paper
Notes: © Sam Francis Foundation, California/Artist Rights Society (ARS) New York
Senza Titolo (composizione n°6)
Year: 1959    Dimensions: 67,5x101
Tecnique: Gouache and watercolor on paper
Notes: © Sam Francis Foundation, California/Artist Rights Society (ARS) New York
Progetto di murales per Chase Manhattan Bank
Year: 1959    Dimensions: 53,24x251,46 cm.
Tecnique: Gouache on paper
Notes: © Sam Francis Foundation, California/Artist Rights Society (ARS) New York
Senza Titolo (Blue, Black and Green
Year: 1959    Dimensions: 42,5x35 cm.
Tecnique: Gouache and watercolor on paper
Notes: © Sam Francis Foundation, California/Artist Rights Society (ARS) New York
Senza Titolo
Year: 1960    Dimensions: 51,35x35,56
Tecnique: Watercolor and acrylic on paper
Notes: © Sam Francis Foundation, California/Artist Rights Society (ARS) New York
Senza Titolo
Year: 1960    Dimensions: 30x26,5 cm.
Tecnique: Watercolor on paper
Notes: © Sam Francis Foundation, California/Artist Rights Society (ARS) New York
Senza Titolo
Year: 1960-90    Dimensions: 24x21,5 cm.
Tecnique: Acrylic on paper
Notes: © Sam Francis Foundation, California/Artist Rights Society (ARS) New York
Santa Barbara (Blue Balls)
Year: 1962    Dimensions: 23,5x33 cm.
Tecnique: Gouache on paper
Notes: © Sam Francis Foundation, California/Artist Rights Society (ARS) New York
Senza Titolo
Year: 1963    Dimensions: 27,5x23,5 cm.
Tecnique: Acrylic and watercolor on paper
Notes: © Sam Francis Foundation, California/Artist Rights Society (ARS) New York
Senza Titolo (Edge Painting)
Year: 1967    Dimensions: 240x180 cm.
Tecnique: Acrylic on canvas
Notes: © Sam Francis Foundation, California/Artist Rights Society (ARS) New York
Senza Titolo
Year: 1974    Dimensions: 39x49 cm.
Tecnique: Acrylic on paper
Notes: © Sam Francis Foundation, California/Artist Rights Society (ARS) New York
Senza Titolo 8Study for Cover to Hilde Kirsch Fescrift)
Year: 1977    Dimensions: 76,3x31
Tecnique: Acrylic on paper
Notes: © Sam Francis Foundation, California/Artist Rights Society (ARS) New York
Senza Titolo
Year: 1980-90    Dimensions: 76,5x57,5
Tecnique: Acrylic on paper
Notes: © Sam Francis Foundation, California/Artist Rights Society (ARS) New York
Senza Titolo
Year: 1983    Dimensions: 38x18,4 cm.
Tecnique: Acrylic on paper
Notes: © Sam Francis Foundation, California/Artist Rights Society (ARS) New York
Senza Titolo
Year: 1985    Dimensions: 38,7x33 cm.
Tecnique: Acrylic on canvas
Notes: © Sam Francis Foundation, California/Artist Rights Society (ARS) New York
Senza Titolo
Year: 1985    Dimensions: 71,5x21,5 cm.
Tecnique: Acrylic on canvas
Notes: © Sam Francis Foundation, California/Artist Rights Society (ARS) New York
Senza Titolo
Year: 1985-90    Dimensions: 39x47 cm.
Tecnique: Acrylic on paper
Notes: © Sam Francis Foundation, California/Artist Rights Society (ARS) New York
Senza Titolo
Year: 1986    Dimensions: 47x34 cm.
Tecnique: Acrylic on paper
Notes: © Sam Francis Foundation, California/Artist Rights Society (ARS) New York
Senza Titolo
Year: 1986    Dimensions: 111x111 cm.
Tecnique: Acrylic on canvas
Notes: © Sam Francis Foundation, California/Artist Rights Society (ARS) New York
Senza Titolo
Year: 1987    Dimensions: 81,5x56 cm.
Tecnique: Acrylic on paper
Notes: © Sam Francis Foundation, California/Artist Rights Society (ARS) New York
Senza Titolo (Red Augusto)
Year: 1987    Dimensions: 106,6x86,3 cm.
Tecnique: Acrylic on canvas
Notes: © Sam Francis Foundation, California/Artist Rights Society (ARS) New York
Senza Titolo
Year: 1987-88    Dimensions: 33x24 cm.
Tecnique: Acrylic on canvas
Notes: © Sam Francis Foundation, California/Artist Rights Society (ARS) New York
Senza Titolo
Year: 1988    Dimensions: 33x24 cm.
Tecnique: Acrylic on canvas
Notes: © Sam Francis Foundation, California/Artist Rights Society (ARS) New York
Senza Titolo
Year: 1988    Dimensions: 33x24 cm.
Tecnique: Acrylic on canvas
Notes: © Sam Francis Foundation, California/Artist Rights Society (ARS) New York
Senza Titolo
Year: 1989    Dimensions: 30,5x45 cm.
Tecnique: Acrylic on paper
Notes: © Sam Francis Foundation, California/Artist Rights Society (ARS) New York
Senza Titolo
Year: 1990    Dimensions: 49x28 cm.
Tecnique: Acrylic on canvas
Notes: © Sam Francis Foundation, California/Artist Rights Society (ARS) New York
Senza Titolo
Year: 1990    Dimensions: 170x134 cm.
Tecnique: Acrylic on canvas
Notes: © Sam Francis Foundation, California/Artist Rights Society (ARS) New York
Senza Titolo
Year: 1992    Dimensions: 86x76 cm.
Tecnique: Acrylic on paper
Notes: © Sam Francis Foundation, California/Artist Rights Society (ARS) New York
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