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Sam Francis Art

American, 1923-1994

Sam Francis was an American artist known for his exuberantly colorful, large-scale abstract paintings. His practice incorporated elements from Abstract Expressionism, Color Field painting, Impressionism and Eastern philosophy to create a unique style of painterly abstraction.

Influenced by Jackson Pollock and Clyfford Still, Francis is more closely associated to the work of Helen Frankenthaler, as he was more interested in the formal arrangement of the picture plane than the expressivity of the individual artist. “Painting is about the beauty of space and the power of containment,” Francis once reflected.

Born on June 25, 1923 in San Mateo, California, Francis briefly served in the US Air Force during World War II but was injured during a test flight. Returning to California, he received his BA and MA from UC Berkeley in botany and psychology before beginning to pursue a career in art. The artist traveled widely during his career, and he was closely aligned with the Art Informel movement while living abroad in Paris during the 1950s.

Francis died on November 4, 1994 in Santa Monica, California, at the age of 71. He was a founding trustee of Los Angeles’s Museum of Contemporary Art, and his paintings can be found in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Kunstmuseum Basel, and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, among others.

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2004 Sam Francis 'Untitled SF-341' Modernism Multicolor,Gold,Green,White,Yellow
By Sam Francis
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Paper Size: 54.25 x 37 inches ( 137.795 x 93.98 cm ) Image Size: 48.5 x 31.5 inches ( 123.19 x 80.01 cm ) Framed: No Condition: A: Mint Additional Details: This is a reproducti...
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Early 2000s Sam Francis Art

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Offset

King Corpse, 1986
By Sam Francis
Located in Oakland Hills, CA
Created in 1986, Sam Francis King Corpse, 1986 is a unique color trial proof screenprint on Arches cover paper hand signed by Sam Francis (San Mateo, 1923- Santa Monica, 1994) in the...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis Art

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Screen

Untitled Monotype
By Sam Francis
Located in Oakland Hills, CA
This unique work on paper (monotype) with oil paint, powdered pigment and watercolor in colors on handmade paper is hand signed Sam Francis (San Mateo, 1923- Santa Monica, 1994) in t...
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Late 20th Century Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis Art

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Oil, Watercolor, Handmade Paper, Pigment, Monotype

Untitled, 1991
By Sam Francis
Located in Oakland Hills, CA
Created in 1991, Sam Francis Untitled is a unique and original monotype. This work is hand signed by Sam Francis (San Mateo, 1923 - Santa Monica, 1994) and stamped by the Sam Francis...
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1990s Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis Art

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Monotype

Doubled Cross (SF-188)
By Sam Francis
Located in Malmo, SE
Doubled Cross (SF-188) 1973. Signed and numbered 13/30 ex Sam Francis Archive Number: SF-188. Literature: Lembark L168. Lithograph in colors Museum glass anti-reflective. Artwork s...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis Art

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Lithograph

Untitled (SF-259)
By Sam Francis
Located in Malmo, SE
Signed AP II (Artist proof). Edition: 32 ex Proofs: 1 BAT, 4 AP, 8 CTP. Paper: Rives BFK. Sam Francis Archive Number: SF-259. Literature: Lembark L240. Lithograph in colors Publis...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis Art

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Lithograph

Untitled (SF-272)
By Sam Francis
Located in Malmo, SE
Artwork size : 107 × 73 cm Frame size : 127,5 x 93 x 3 cm Signed and numbered TP (Trial proof) aside from the edition of 250, 30 artist's proofs and 1 BAT. Sam Francis Archive Numb...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis Art

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Lithograph

Untitled, 1977
By Sam Francis
Located in Oakland Hills, CA
Created in 1977, Sam Francis Untitled is a unique monotype on handmade paper. This work is hand signed by Sam Francis and stamped by the Sam Francis Estate on verso. Sam Francis Unt...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis Art

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Monotype

Untitled, 1979
By Sam Francis
Located in Oakland Hills, CA
Created in 1979, Sam Francis Untitled is a unique monotype on handmade paper. This work is hand signed by Sam Francis and stamped by the Sam Francis Estate on verso. Sam Francis Unt...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis Art

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Monotype

Untitled, 1978
By Sam Francis
Located in Oakland Hills, CA
Created in 1978, Sam Francis Untitled is a unique monotype on handmade paper. This work is hand signed by Sam Francis and stamped by the Sam Francis Estate on verso. Sam Francis Unt...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis Art

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Handmade Paper, Monotype

Untitled, 1981
By Sam Francis
Located in Oakland Hills, CA
Created in 1984-85, this Unique Original Monotype with oil paint, dry pigment, and ink on handmade paper is hand signed by Sam Francis (San Mateo, 1923 - Santa Monica, 1994) in penci...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis Art

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Oil, Watercolor, Handmade Paper, Pigment, Monotype

Untitled Watercolor, 1965
By Sam Francis
Located in Oakland Hills, CA
Created in 1965, this unique original gouache and watercolor on paper is hand-signed and dated by Sam Francis (San Mateo, 1923- Santa Monica, 1994) on the verso. Sam Francis waterco...
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1960s Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis Art

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Watercolor, Gouache

Color Explosion - Original lithograph (Maeght 1983)
By Sam Francis
Located in Paris, FR
Sam FRANCIS Color Explosion (c. 1983) Original lithograph Unsigned as issued On heavy paper 89.5 x 54 cm (c. 36 x 21 inch) Original lithographic exhibition poster for the artist Ret...
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1980s Abstract Sam Francis Art

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Lithograph

Untitled, 1984-85
By Sam Francis
Located in Oakland Hills, CA
Created in 1984-85, this Unique Original Monotype with oil paint, dry pigment, and ink on handmade paper is hand signed by Sam Francis (San Mateo, 1923 - Santa Monica, 1994) in ink o...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis Art

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Ink, Oil, Handmade Paper, Pigment, Monotype

Untitled Acrylic, 1982
By Sam Francis
Located in Oakland Hills, CA
Created circa 1982, this unique acrylic on paper is stamped with The Sam Francis Estate stamp by Sam Francis (San Mateo, 1923 - Santa Monica, 1994) and stamped signature on the verso...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis Art

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Acrylic, Paper

Monotype in Acrylic Untited, 1966
By Sam Francis
Located in Oakland Hills, CA
Created in 1966, Sam Francis Monotype in Acrylic Untitled, 1966 is a unique original monotype in acrylic on paper stamped with the Sam Francis (San Mateo, 1923- Santa Monica, 1994) e...
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1960s Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis Art

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Monotype

Untitled, 1985
By Sam Francis
Located in Oakland Hills, CA
This aquatint is hand-signed by Sam Francis (California, 1923- California, 1994) in pencil in the lower right and is a unique color trial proof aside from the edition of 30. Francis...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis Art

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Aquatint

Untitled (Blue Squares), 1978
By Sam Francis
Located in Oakland Hills, CA
Sam Francis Untitled (Blue Squares), 1978, is a Unique Original Monotype with oil paint, dry pigment, ink, and watercolor on handmade paper. The work is also estate stamped by the Sa...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis Art

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Ink, Oil, Watercolor, Handmade Paper, Pigment, Monotype

Untitled SFE-003 (Light Blue)- American Post War
By Sam Francis
Located in London, GB
SAM FRANCIS 1923-1994 San Mateo, California 1923 – 1994 Santa Monica (American) Title: Untitled SFE-003 (Light Blue), 1982 Technique: Original Hand Signed and Inscribed Etching and...
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1980s Sam Francis Art

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Etching, Aquatint

Untitled (Fresh Air School) (SF-348)
By Sam Francis
Located in Saint Augustine, FL
An original offset-lithograph on matte offset paper by American artist Sam Francis (1923-1994) titled "Untitled (Fresh Air School) (SF-348)", 1972. With centerfold as issued. Issued ...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis Art

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Lithograph, Offset

Untitled (Lembark L234), Offset Lithograph Printed on Fabriana Artistico Paper
By Sam Francis
Located in Austin, TX
Untitled (Lembark L234), Offset Lithograph Printed on Fabriana Artistico Paper This work comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from West Chelsea Contemporary Edition 6/75 Exhibit...
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20th Century Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis Art

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Paper, Lithograph

Another Footprint
By Sam Francis
Located in San Francisco, CA
Original lithograph printed in colors from four aluminum plates on BFK Rives wove paper. Hand-signed in pencil, Sam Francis. A superb trial proof impression, one of only five such...
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1970s Post-War Sam Francis Art

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Lithograph

Untitled (SF-358)
By Sam Francis
Located in San Francisco, CA
Original lithograph printed in nine colors (yellow, orange, light blue-green, red, ultramarine blue, light yellow, thalo blue, yellow-green, indathrene blue) on P.T.I #120 Waterleaf ...
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1990s Post-War Sam Francis Art

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Lithograph

Untitled (SF-345)
By Sam Francis
Located in San Francisco, CA
Original lithograph printed in 10 colors on PTI #120 Waterleaf wove paper. Hand-signed in pencil lower right Sam Francis. A superb impression of the definitive state, from the edi...
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1990s Post-War Sam Francis Art

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Lithograph

Composition by Sam Francis - Abstract work on paper, 1990
By Sam Francis
Located in London, GB
Composition by Sam Francis (1923-1994) Acrylic and paper collage on paper 57.2 x 81.3 cm (22 ¹/₂ x 32 inches) Stamped on the reverse with Sam Francis Estate logo stamp and fascimile ...
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1990s Abstract Sam Francis Art

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Paper, Acrylic

Untitled 1985, San Leandro
By Sam Francis
Located in Palm Desert, CA
"Untitled 1985, San Leandro" is a large scale, abstract painting with a strong presence by Post-War artist Sam Francis. The canvas is an irregular shape which adds an interesting dyn...
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Late 20th Century Post-War Sam Francis Art

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Canvas, Acrylic, Board

Firewood
By Sam Francis
Located in Washington, DC
Sam Francis Firewood Artist: Sam Francis Medium: Screenprint on paper Title: Firewood Year: 1973 Edition: AP II/50 Sheet Size: 31 3/4" x 39 3/4" Reference: Lembark SFS-132 Signed: si...
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1970s Sam Francis Art

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Screen

An 8 Set--4
By Sam Francis
Located in New York, NY
Bright and striking color lithograph on Rives BFK. This early work by Francis is a printer's proof, aside from the edition of 100. Signed and inscribed "printer's proof" by the artis...
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1960s Abstract Sam Francis Art

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Color, Lithograph

Untitled
By Sam Francis
Located in New York, NY
Dynamic and bold color lithograph on Rives BFK. One of 20 numbered Hors Commerce impressions, aside from the edition of 176. This stunning print is signed and inscribed "H.C. 10/20" ...
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1980s Abstract Sam Francis Art

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Color, Lithograph

Blue Bones
By Sam Francis
Located in New York, NY
Bright color lithograph on Rives BFK. Signed by Francis in pencil, from an edition of 101. Dimensions with the frame are 29 x 25 inches. Print is floating in the frame.
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1960s Abstract Sam Francis Art

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Color, Lithograph

Round Breast of Jane Mansfield
By Sam Francis
Located in Washington, DC
Artist: Sam Francis Medium: Lithograph Title: Round Breast of Jane Mansfield Portfolio: 1¢ Life Year: 1964 Edition Size: 2100 Framed Size: 22 3/4 x 18 3/4 inches Sheet Size: 16 1/8 x...
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1960s Sam Francis Art

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Lithograph

Sam Francis "Salmon, 1973", hand signed and limited abstract color etching
By Sam Francis
Located in Eltville, DE
Sam Francis San Mateo 1923 - 1994 Santa Monica SFE-4B Salmon, 1973 color etching and aquatint Hand signed and limited: 23/45 Image: 40 x 45.5 cm Sheet: 63.5 x 89 cm Sam Francis orig...
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1970s Abstract Sam Francis Art

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Aquatint

Untitled SFE-003 (Dark Blue) - American Abstract, Post War Art
By Sam Francis
Located in London, GB
SAM FRANCIS 1923-1994 San Mateo, California 1923 – 1994 Santa Monica (American) Title: Untitled SFE-003 (Dark Blue), 1982 Technique: Original Hand Signed and Inscribed Etching and ...
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1980s Sam Francis Art

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Etching, Aquatint

Untitled
By Sam Francis
Located in London, GB
Sam Francis Untitled Circa 1960 Lithograph, Edition of 40 71.9 x 50.8 cms (28.3 x 20 ins) SF17686
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1960s Abstract Sam Francis Art

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Lithograph

2004 Sam Francis 'Untitled SF-341' Modernism Multicolor,Gold,Green,White,Yellow
By Sam Francis
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Paper Size: 54.25 x 37 inches ( 137.795 x 93.98 cm ) Image Size: 48.5 x 31.5 inches ( 123.19 x 80.01 cm ) Framed: No Condition: A: Mint Additional Details: This is a reproducti...
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Early 2000s Sam Francis Art

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Offset

Untitled SF78 -130 Acrylic, Abstract, American Art
By Sam Francis
Located in London, GB
SAM FRANCIS 1923-1994 San Mateo, California 1923 – 1994 Santa Monica (American) Title: Untitled SF78 -130, 1978 Technique: Signed and Dated Acrylic on Paper Size: 42.9 x 35.2 cm. ...
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1970s Sam Francis Art

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Acrylic

Monotype No. 2
By Sam Francis
Located in New York, NY
1989 Watercolor on wove paper S. 22 x 30 in. Signed in pencil, lower margin Framed, excellent condition
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1980s Abstract Sam Francis Art

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Paper, Watercolor

SF64-045, Sam Francis, Acrylic, American Abstraction, Postwar, Work on paper
By Sam Francis
Located in Geneva, CH
SF64-045, Sam Francis, Acrylic, American Abstraction, Postwar, Work on paper 1964 Acrylic on paper 73 x 56.5 cm 94 x 75 cm / 37 x 29.5 in. (with frame) Signed and dated on the reve...
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1960s Abstract Sam Francis Art

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Paper, Acrylic

Untitled, Hand-Signed Limited Edition Lithograph
By Sam Francis
Located in New York, NY
Sam Francis (American, 1923–1994) Untitled, Poemes Dans le Ciel, 1986 Hand-signed Lithograph in colors S. 30 x 22 1/2 in. (76.2 x 57.2 cm) Notes: Lembark L 271 (SF-315)
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis Art

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Lithograph

Monotype No. 2
By Sam Francis
Located in New York, NY
1989 Watercolor on wove paper Image/sheet: 22 x 30 in. Frame: 27 x 34 x 1 in. Unique Signed in pencil, lower margin Framed, excellent condition
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis Art

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Paper, Watercolor

Untitled (SFE-084)
By Sam Francis
Located in San Francisco, CA
Original etching printed in 25 colors on BFK Rives wove paper. Hand-signed in pencil in the margin lower right Sam Francis. A superb impression of the definitive state, from the ed...
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1990s Post-War Sam Francis Art

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Etching

Untitled (SF-128C)
By Sam Francis
Located in San Francisco, CA
Original lithograph printed in colors on BFK Rives wove paper. Hand-signed in pencil Sam Francis. A superb impression of the only state, from the edition of 16, numbered in pencil ...
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1970s Post-War Sam Francis Art

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Lithograph

"Yea" (Text by the poet Cid Corman)
By Sam Francis
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Sam Francis (1923-1994) is one of the most distinctive and collected 20th century abstract artists. After serving in the air force in WW II, Francis returned to his native Californ...
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1980s Abstract Sam Francis Art

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Acrylic

Untitled SFE-003 (Blue, Red and Yellow) - American Abstract Expressionism
By Sam Francis
Located in London, GB
SAM FRANCIS 1923-1994 San Mateo, California 1923 – 1994 Santa Monica (American) Title: Untitled SFE-003 (Blue, Red and Yellow), 1982 Technique: Original Hand Signed and Inscribed E...
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1980s Sam Francis Art

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Etching, Aquatint

Sun Up - Abstract Expressionism American Art Post War
By Sam Francis
Located in London, GB
SAM FRANCIS 1923-1994 San Mateo, California 1923 – 1994 Santa Monica (American) Title: Sun Up, 1964 Technique: Original Hand Signed and Inscribed Lithograph in Colours on BFK Rives...
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1960s Sam Francis Art

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Lithograph

Untitled (L.183 - SF.203)
By Sam Francis
Located in Saugatuck, MI
A hand-signed and numbered lithograph from the very small edition of 28.
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1970s Abstract Sam Francis Art

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Lithograph

Untitled (SF.199)
By Sam Francis
Located in Saugatuck, MI
Sam Francis hand signed and numbered lithograph from 1975.
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1970s Sam Francis Art

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Lithograph

Untitled
By Sam Francis
Located in London, GB
74.6 x 43.2 cms (29 3/8 x 17 ins) Edition of 30 Plate: 60.3 x 25.1 cm (23 3/4 x 9 7/8 ins), Sheet: 74.6 x 43.2 cm (29 3/8 x 17 ins) Paper: Somerset Textured Edition of 30 ...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis Art

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Aquatint, Color, Etching

Sail I
By Sam Francis
Located in London, GB
101.6 x 71.1 cms (40 x 28 ins) Edition of 40 Signed lower left; numbered lower centre, printer's chop lower right. Publisher: Hollander's Workshop, New York Printed by Irwin Holland...
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1960s Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis Art

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Color, Lithograph

Untitled
By Sam Francis
Located in London, GB
97.5 x 71.1 cms (38 3/8 x 28 ins) Edition of 50 Paper: Arches Cover Signed lower left; numbered lower right, publisher's chop lower left.\Publisher: The Litho Shop, Inc., Santa Mon...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis Art

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Color, Lithograph

Untitled, Hand-Signed Limited Edition Lithograph
By Sam Francis
Located in New York, NY
Sam Francis (American, 1923–1994) Untitled, Poemes Dans le Ciel, 1986 Hand-signed Lithograph in colors S. 30 x 22 1/2 in. (76.2 x 57.2 cm) Notes: Lembark L 271 (SF-315)
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis Art

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Lithograph

Untitled, Hand-Signed Limited Edition Lithograph
By Sam Francis
Located in New York, NY
Sam Francis (American, 1923–1994) Untitled, Poemes dans le Ciel, 1986 Hand-signed Lithograph in colors S. 30 x 22 1/2 in. (76.2 x 57.2 cm) Lembark L.269
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1980s Sam Francis Art

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Lithograph

For Thirteen
By Sam Francis
Located in New York, NY
Large, vibrantly colored screenprint by California abstract artist Sam Francis, issued in a limited edition of 115. Signed by Francis and numbered in pencil. Printed and published ...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis Art

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Screen

Untitled SF64-572 (Acrylic Watercolour)
By Sam Francis
Located in London, GB
SAM FRANCIS 1923-1994 San Mateo, California 1923 – 1994 Santa Monica (American) Title: Untitled SF64-572 (Acrylic Watercolour), 1964 Technique: Signed and Dated Acrylic and Waterco...
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1960s Sam Francis Art

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Acrylic, Watercolor

Color Explosion - Original lithograph (Maeght 1983)
By Sam Francis
Located in Paris, FR
Sam FRANCIS Color Explosion (c. 1983) Original lithograph Unsigned as issued On heavy paper 89.5 x 54 cm (c. 36 x 21 inch) Original lithographic exhibition poster for the artist Ret...
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1980s Abstract Sam Francis Art

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Lithograph

For the Blue Sons of the Air, Sam Francis
By Sam Francis
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful example of the artist’s best work, For the Blue Sons of the Air was created by Sam Francis as a screenprint in 1990.  It is hand-signed and numbered, measures 53 ¾ x 32 i...
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Late 20th Century Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis Art

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Screen

Demeter, Limited Edition Lithograph, Sam Francis
By Sam Francis
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
SAM FRANCIS (1923-1994) Noted for his lyrical, colorful abstract works, was one of the first American artists to experiment with "empty-center" painting. His characteristic brilliant...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis Art

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Lithograph

Sklye by Sam Francis
By Sam Francis
Located in London, GB
Sklye by Sam Francis (1923-1994) Acrylic on paper 14.6 x 10.2 cm (5 ³/₄x 4 inches) Signed, Sam Francis and dated on the reverse Signed again, dated and inscribed on the backing boar...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis Art

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Acrylic

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