Sam Francis 1923 - 1994

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Sam Francis - Margaret or the Cross of Sam
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Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale, London
July 2022
Christies, London
Est.: 40.000 - 60.000 GBP
Realised: 32.000 GBP
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Sam Francis - Untitled
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Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale, London
July 2022
Christies, London
Est.: 12.000 - 18.000 GBP
Realised: 15.120 GBP
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Sam Francis - Green
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20th/21st Century Milan Online Sale Part I
June 2022
Christies
Est.: 70.000 - 100.000 EUR
Realised: 100.800 EUR
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Sam Francis - Untitled
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale
June 2022
Phillips, Hong Kong Auction
Est.: 1.500.000 - 2.500.000 HKD
Realised: not available
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Sam Francis - Red Again
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Prints & Multiples
June 2022
Bonhams, Los Angeles
Est.: 2.500 - 3.500 USD
Realised: 2.550 USD
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Sam Francis - Senza titolo
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20th/21st Century Milan Online Sale Part II
June 2022
Christies, Milan (Online Auction)
Est.: 18.000 - 24.000 EUR
Realised: 37.800 EUR
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Sam Francis - Senza titolo
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20th/21st Century Milan Online Sale Part II
June 2022
Christies, Milan (Online Auction)
Est.: 7.000 - 9.000 EUR
Realised: 10.710 EUR
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Sam Francis - Untitled
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Post-War & Contemporary Art
May 2022
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 50.000 - 70.000 USD
Realised: 69.675 USD
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Sam Francis - Sans titre SF74-167
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Art contemporain - vente online
May 2022
Christies, Paris (Online Auction)
Est.: 15.000 - 20.000 EUR
Realised: 18.900 EUR
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Sam Francis - Untitled
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Modern Day Auction
May 2022
Sothebys, New York
Est.: 200.000 - 300.000 USD
Realised: 352.800 USD
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Sam Francis - Black
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Modern Day Auction
May 2022
Sothebys, New York
Est.: 40.000 - 60.000 USD
Realised: 50.400 USD
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The artist Sam Francis

  • Representative of Abstract Expressionism and Colour Field Painting.
  • First became known through Parisian Tachism.
  • Co-founder of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.

Samuel Lewis Francis, born 25 June 1923 in San Mateo, California, deceased 4 November 1994 in Santa Monica, better known as Sam Francis, was an artist of Abstract Expressionism and Colour Field Painting. The graphic artist was influenced early on by Abstract Expressionists such as Arshile Gorky and Clyfford Still. He gathered further impressions early on during a stay in Europe. He lived in Paris for a long time and came into closer contact with Informel (informal art) there.

From there he emerged as one of the most important representatives of Tachism, a branch of Informal art that developed in Paris in the 1940s and is very close to US Action Painting. This led to his first gaining some notoriety in Europe, before he later made a name for himself in the USA as well. Francis changed the format and medium of his paintings several times, but he always remained true to Informal Art.

In Paris, for example, he created his Blue Ball series, a series of large-format paintings all consisting of blue forms against a white background. As a representative of abstract expressionism, he was on the one hand known for his generous use of colour and on the other hand often played with emptiness, such as after his creative period in Japan, in which he staged it as the centre of his paintings.

His life's work is also characterised by a series of wall paintings that he produced from the 1950s until his death in 1994. Today, his paintings are part of the collections of numerous museums worldwide, including New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, as well as the Kunstmuseum Basel and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

Der Künstler Sam Francis

  • Vertreter des abstrakten Expressionismus und der Farbfeldmalerei.
  • Wurde zuerst durch den Pariser Tachismus bekannt.
  • Mitbegründer des Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.

Samuel Lewis Francis, geb. am  25.06.1923 in San Mateo, Kalifornien,  gest. am 04.11.1994 in Santa Monica, besser bekannt als Sam Francis, war ein Künstler des abstrakten Expressionismus sowie der Farbfeldmalerei. Der Grafiker ließ sich bereits früh von abstrakten Expressionisten wie Arshile Gorky oder Clyfford Still beeinflussen. Weitere Inspirationen sammelte er früh während eines Europaaufenthalts.

So lebte er längere Zeit in Paris und kam dort enger mit dem Informel (informelle Kunst) in Berührung. Daraus ging er als einer der wichtigsten Vertreter des Tachismus hervor, einem Zweig der informellen Kunst, der sich in den 1940er Jahren in Paris entwickelte und dem US-amerikanischen Action Painting sehr nahe ist. Das führte dazu, dass er zuerst in Europa einen gewissen Bekanntheitsgrad erlangte, bevor er sich später auch in den USA einen Namen machte.

Francis wechselte häufiger das Format und das Medium seiner Gemälde, doch blieb er der informellen Kunst stets treu. In Paris entstand etwa seine Blue Ball Serie, eine Reihe von großformatigen Gemälden, die alle aus blauen Formen vor weißem Untergrund bestehen. Als Vertreter des abstrakten Expressionismus war er einerseits für den großzügigen Einsatz von Farben bekannt und spielte andererseits oft mit der Leere, wie etwa nach seiner Schaffensphase in Japan, in der er diese als Zentrum seiner Bilder inszenierte.

Sein Lebenswerk prägt außerdem eine Serie aus Wandmalereien, die er beginnend in den 1950ern bis zu seinem Tode 1994 anfertigte. Heute gehören seine Gemälde zu den Sammlungen zahlreicher Museen weltweit, unter anderem der beiden New Yorker Museen Metropolitan Museum of Art und des Museum of Modern Art sowie des Kunstmuseums Basel und des Centre Pompidou in Paris.

Sam Francis - Burnout
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Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples
May 2022
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 2.000 - 4.000 USD
Realised: 3.825 USD
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Sam Francis - Untitled
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Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale
May 2022
Christies, New York
Est.: 60.000 - 80.000 USD
Realised: 107.100 USD
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Sam Francis - Untitled (SF88-399)
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session
May 2022
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 150.000 - 250.000 USD
Realised: 302.400 USD
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Sam Francis - Untitled
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Prints & Multiples
April 2022
Sothebys, New York
Est.: 30.000 - 50.000 USD
Realised: 47.880 USD
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Sam Francis - Lyre Eight (Lembeck L.S5)
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Prints & Multiples
April 2022
Sothebys, New York
Est.: 4.000 - 6.000 USD
Realised: 15.120 USD
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Sam Francis - Untitled (SF78-036), 1978
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Made in CaliforniaContemporary Art
April 2022
Bonhams, Los Angeles
Est.: 60.000 - 80.000 USD
Realised: not available
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Sam Francis - Chinese Opal (SF 101) (L. L111)
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Editions & Works on Paper
April 2022
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 3.000 - 5.000 USD
Realised: 6.930 USD
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Sam Francis - Aus: Papierski Portfolio.
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Prints! Prints! Prints! | ONLINE ONLY
April 2022
VAN HAM
Est.: 1.500 - 2.000 EUR
Realised: 2.376 EUR
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Sam Francis - Aus: Papierski Portfolio.
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Prints! Prints! Prints! | ONLINE ONLY
April 2022
VAN HAM
Est.: 1.500 - 2.000 EUR
Realised: 2.244 EUR
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Sam Francis - Salmon
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Prints and Multiples
April 2022
Bonhams, London
Est.: 700 - 1.000 GBP
Realised: not available
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Sam Francis - Tokyo Sketch Book
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New Now
March 2022
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 30.000 - 40.000 USD
Realised: not available
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Sam Francis - Vert Francaise
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New Now
March 2022
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 12.000 - 18.000 USD
Realised: 22.680 USD
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