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Sam Francis

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FRANCIS, SAM 1923 San Mateo, CA/USA - 1994 Santa Monica, CA/USA Title: Untitled. Date: 1959. Technique: Mixed media on paper. Mounting: Mounted on canvas. Measurement: 68.5 x 101cm. This work is listed in the Sam Francis Foundation, Pasadena/CA, under the identification number SF59-074 and will be included in the catalogue raisonné of works on paper currently in preparation. Provenance: - Private collection North Rhine-Westphalia Exhibitions: - Galerie Schmela, Düsseldorf 1961 - Explosively gestural early work with an expressive contrast between white colour surfaces and the characteristic complementary colours - In private hands for over 60 years - Influences from his travels to Japan from 1957 and his closeness to the Gutai group of artists are evident in this work - The specific Japanese concept of negative space ("Ma") and the painting technique of Hatsuboku (ink splashes) show great parallels to Francis' very own formal language Estimated shipping costs for this lot: Arrangement after the auction. Explanations to the Catalogue

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