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Sam Francis

 (1923 - 1994)
Sam Lewis Francis was active/lived in California / Japan, France.  Sam Francis is known for splatter-stain imagery painting, graphics.

© 2001 Estate of Sam Francis / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Biography   Sam Francis


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An Abstract Expressionist* painter known for his brilliant coloration and splotch-like shapes, Sam Francis became one of the big-name modernist artists of the second half of the 20th century.  He was much influenced by Clyfford Styll and Mark Rothko.  Unlike the creations of many of the Abstract Expressionists and the Bay Area Figurative* painters, his work was light and airy and increasingly decorative.  Seeking his own approach to abstraction*, he spent much of his career out of the United States, especially in France.

Of his painting, Sam Francis said that he wanted to make "something that fills utterly the sight and can't be used to make life only bearable". (Herskovic 130)

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