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SAM FRANCIS

Deep Blue and Black or Black Blue
Signed on the back: Sam Francis and signed, dated and titled on the stretcher Oil on canvas 194.7 x 131 cm (76.65 x 51.57 in.) Painted in 1955 in Paris

Provenance:

  • Private collection, Switzerland (bought in 1956)
  • Sale, Kornfeld, Bern, 18 June 2010, lot 34
  • Duhamel Fine Art, Paris (acquired from the above)
  • Private collection (acquired from the above)

Literature:

  • Agee, William C. Sam Francis: Paintings 1947–1990. Los Angeles: Museum of Contemporary Art, 1999; fig. 31, p. 34 (illus.).
  • Masterpieces of the World. 25. Tokyo: Heibonsha, 1960, p. 30 (illus.).
  • Michaud, Yves. Sam Francis. Marcelin Pleynet. Paris: Editions Daniel Papierski, 1992, p. 82 (illus.).
  • Tono, Yoshiaki. Sam Francis: The Flesh of Mist. Tokyo: Gendai Bijutsu, 1964, p. 59 (illus.).
  • Sam Francis Foundation, Sam Francis Catalogue Raisonné of Canvas and Panel Paintings, 1946 – 1994, University of California Press 2011, SFF 171

Exhibited:

  • Bern, Galerie Kornfeld und Klipstein, “Sam Francis Ausstellung: Ölbilder, Aquarelle 1953–1958,” 17 January–14 February 1959, no. 5, illustrated in colour
  • Bern, Galerie Kornfeld und Klipstein, Sam Francis, 1959, n° 5, illustrated in colour
  • Düsseldorf, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf. “Sam Francis” 27 February – 30 March 1959, n° 11, illustrated in colour
  • Bern, “Sam Francis,” 28 May–17 July 1960; no. 25, illustrated in colour
  • Stockholm , Moderna Museet, “Sam Francis: Sweet Beat,” 16 September–October 1960 (not exhibited); illustrated in colour
  • Houston, The Museum of Fine Arts, “Sam Francis: A Retrospective Exhibition,” 12 October – 26 November 1967, 17, p. 6, illustrated
  • Berkeley, The University Art museum, Sam Francis, 15 January – 18 February 1968, n° 17
  • Basel, Kunsthalle, Sam Francis, 20 April – 3 June 1968, n° 31, illustrated in colour
  • Buffalo, New York , Albright-Knox Art Gallery,. “Sam Francis: Paintings 1947–1972,” 11 September – 15 October 1972; no. 33, p. 64, illustrated
  • Washington, D.C., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1 – 30 November 1972
  • New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, 10 December 1972 – 14 January 1973
  • Dallas, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, 7 February – 18 March 1973
  • Oakland, California, Oakland Museum, 12 June – 5 August 1973
  • Denmark, Kunstforening, Arhus , 26 Franske Kunstnere, May 1977, n° 93
  • Bern, Galerie Kornfeld, Retrospektive Sam Francis, 40 Years of Friendship Werke 1945–1990, 6 March – 30 April 1991, n° 16, illustrated in colour
  • Bonn, Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Sam Francis, 12 February – 18 April 1993, pp. 114–15 illustrated in colour
  • Bern, Kunstmuseum, Sam Francis und Bern, 15 March – 18 June 2006, illustrated in colour pag. 74
  • Winterthur, Kunstmuseum, Plane/Figure, Amerikanische Kunst aus Schweizer Privatsammlungen und aus dem Kunstmuseum Winterthur, 26 August – 3 December 2006, 55, p. 75 illustrated in colour

Registered in the Sam Francis Archives under SFP 55-5, now SFF 171 in the Sam Francis Foundation.