SAM FRANCIS "YUNAN I" LITHOGRAPH, 1971
A preeminent figure in 20th century abstraction, Sam Francis (1923-1994) is renowned for his dynamic and colorful works.
Printmaking was an essential part of Francis' practice. The artist became so transfixed by the potential of the medium that he would eventually create his own printing workshop. First he collaborated with the best American printing studios, notably Gemini and Tamarind, both in Los Angeles.
At Gemini, Francis challenged the legendary printshop to create the gestural layers that defined his aesthetic. Over the course of twenty-one years (1966-1987) Francis made sixty prints with Gemini.
The "Yunan" series is defined by the splatter-like layers of cherry red in various densities. It is one of Francis' most iconic bodies of prints. Francis' interest in color, light and space manifest in the contrast between the stark white centre and the vividly saturated splashes of color populating the edges of the work.
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"Yunan (State I)"
Lithograph on paper
Signed, titled, and numbered by the artist
From an edition of 15
42”H 28.25"W (work)
45”H 31.25"W (framed)
Note: work is framed with plexiglass
Archive number: SF.71-407A
Very good condition
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