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Sam Francis
People's Jade, 1971

1971

About the Item

Created in 1971, Sam Francis People's Jade, 1971 is a color lithograph on Strathmore 100 percent rag paper hand signed by Sam Francis (San Mateo, 1923- Santa Monica, 1994) in pencil in the lower right. A unique proof inscribed in pencil in the lower left aside from the edition of 17. Printed and published by The Litho Shop, Inc. Santa Monica, California. Sam Francis People's Jade, 1971 is an infinitely captivating work of art that conjures and teases your own imagination. From a world of fantasy, this particular work speaks directly to the nuance of light and space. Its edges hint at the depiction of what is erased; this defines the power of suggestive pictorial representations. There is something strangely similar in most of Sam Francis’ works. The power of vivid colors, negative space, and compositional crops are so integral to his entire oeuvre. People's Jade, 1971 sears your memory with the play of reality and imagination where one has to assume and visualize what goes on in the empty space. The suggestion is wildly powerful—you immediately grab onto the attention of what could have been in this charged negative space. This is deliberate in Francis’ works in that the imagery prompts you to actively envision a scene, using your creativity to conjure up any mental evocation and emotional sensations. While most works of art display a focus on the center of the image, Francis does the exact opposite. It is a genius idea and concept to flip the table onto the viewer—to make him or her think about the center of the entire image. Catalogue Raisonné & COA: Sam Francis People's Jade, 1971 is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that will accompany the sale of the work). 1. Lembark, Connie. W. The Prints of Sam Francis: A Catalogue Raisonné 1960-1990 Volume 1. New York: Hudson Hill Press. 1992. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné 114 (The edition of 17 illustrated). About the Framing: Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Sam Francis People's Jade, 1971 is presented in a complementary moulding and optical grade Plexiglas.
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