SAM FRANCIS "CELEBRATION" ETCHING, 1992

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 his practice. Similar to Robert Motherwell, Francis became so transfixed by the medium, he would establish his own printing studio...but only after collaborating with, and experimenting at the best American printing studios, notably Gemini and Tamarind, both in Los Angeles.  

After returning to and settling in California in the 1980's, Francis opened a printmaking studio in Santa Monica and also started a publishing wing focused on creative texts.

Regardless of medium, Francis is often positioned as the leading artist from the second generation of abstract expressionist artists. Francis seems to fuse the best characteristics of Ab Ex (gestural application of color) with color-field (layers of rich but translucent pigment). His signature approach is leaving elements of the paper or canvas exposed or untouched, to emphasize the richness of his palette and the masterful layering of color. 

This joyous etching is a prime example of Sam Francis' last chapter of production. In the 1990's Francis had a period of incredibly productivity, notably his prints, before his untimely death of prostate cancer in 1994. 

Today, Sam Francis' work continues to be exhibited in major institutions around the world and sought after by top collectors. In 2010 his canvas entitled "Middle Blue" from 1957 sold at auction for $6.5 million, a record for the artist.

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Untitled ("Celebration")

Etching

USA, 1992

Signed and numbered by the artist. 

From an edition of 20

45"H 31"W

Very good condition

Shipping: $75 for continental USA

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