Sam Francis

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Samuel Lewis Francis (San Mateo, 1923 - Santa Monica, 1994) was an American abstract painter, greatly influenced by Lyrical Abstraction and particularly by the works of Clyfford Still and Jackson Pollock. He studied under David Park in 1947 and completed his BA and MA at the University of California. Francis moved to Paris in 1950 and had a direct and prolonged exposure to French painting and to Japanese art. During his period in Europe (12 years) he executed a number of monumental mural paintings. Francis returned to California in 1962 and was then influenced by the West Coast School's preoccupation with mysticism and Eastern philosophy.[1]

His works are at the Louvre, New York’s Museum of Modern Art, and San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art. He also exhibited in Paris, Berlin, Tokyo, Los Angeles, and other art centers.

“Color is light on fire”

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Big Red, 1953.

(Big Red is a title that is very literal in terms of describing what one sees. MoMA's Curator, Ann Temkin.)

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See also

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External links

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  1. Sam Francis (1923 - 1994).