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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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Artist: Sam Francis
Untitled (SF-314) Michel Waldberg: Sky Poems
By Sam Francis
Located in London, GB
SAM FRANCIS 1923-1994 San Mateo, California 1923 – 1994 Santa Monica (American) Title: Untitled (SF-314) Michel Waldberg: Sky Poems | Michel Waldberg: Poèmes dans le Ciel, 1986 Tec...
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1980s Abstract Sam Francis Art

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Lithograph

Untitled, 1979
By Sam Francis
Located in Palo Alto, 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
By Sam Francis
Located in London, GB
114.3 x 70.5 cms (45 x 27.76 ins) Edition of 50
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1980s Abstract Expressionist 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: Original lithograph Title: Round Breast of Jane Mansfield Portfolio: 1¢ Life Year: 1964 Edition: 2100 Framed Size: 21" x 16 3/8" Sheet Size: 16 1/8" x 11 ...
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1960s Sam Francis Art

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Lithograph

Smoke Sulfur
By Sam Francis
Located in London, GB
64.8 x 85.7 cms (25.5 x 33.75 ins) Edition of 30 Paper: Rives BFK Proofs: 1 BAT, 6 AP (I on Japanese paper), I CTP Signed lower right; numbered lower left; publisher's cho...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis Art

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Color, Lithograph

SF-269.
By Sam Francis
Located in Malmo, SE
Museum glass anti-reflective. Artwork size : 121 x 87,5 cm. Frame size : 141 x 106 cm. Signed and numbered AP 12/25 ex. Sam Francis Archive Number : SF-269. Literature : Lembark L25...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis Art

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Lithograph

"Concert Hall Set III" Large original color lithograph
By Sam Francis
Located in San Francisco, CA
This artwork titled "Concert Hall Set III" 1977 is an original color lithograph on B.F.K Rives paper by renown American artist Sam Francis 1923-1994. It is hand signed and inscribed ...
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20th Century Abstract Expressionist 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
By Sam Francis
Located in London, GB
67.3 x 88.9 cms (26.5 x 35 ins) Edition of 50 Signed lower right, numbered lower left. Published by Nantenshi Gallery, Tokyo. Printed by Harumi Sonoyama at Gendai hanga Kobo Co...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis Art

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Color, Lithograph

Pink Venus Kiki
By Sam Francis
Located in Washington, DC
Artist: Sam Francis Medium: Lithograph Title: Pink Venus Kiki Portfolio: 1¢ Life Year: 1964 Edition Size: 2100 Framed Size: 20 5/8 x 28 3/4 inches Sheet Size: 16 1/8 x 22 1/4 inches ...
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1960s Sam Francis Art

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Lithograph

Untitled - Original Lithograph by Sam Francis - 1976
By Sam Francis
Located in Roma, IT
Untitled is an original contemporary artwork realized by Sam Francis in 1976. Color Lithograph on BFK Rives. Publisher The Litho Shop Santa Monica. Ref. SF-220; Lembmark L.207 H...
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1970s Abstract Sam Francis Art

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Lithograph

Affiche Moderna Museet Stockholm
By Sam Francis
Located in New York, NY
A very good impression of this early color lithograph on cream wove paper, 1960. Artist's proof, aside from the edition of 75 with strong colors. Signed and inscribed "épreuve d'arti...
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1960s Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis Art

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Color, Lithograph

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

Happy Death Stone (Lembark L-10, p. 58)
By Sam Francis
Located in New York, NY
Sam Francis Happy Death Stone (Lembark L-10, p. 58), 1960 Lithograph on BFK Rives watermarked paper with deckled edges 25 × 36 inches Edition 80/90 Pencil signed and numbered on the ...
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1960s Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis Art

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Screen

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

Pink Venus Kiki
By Sam Francis
Located in Washington, DC
Artist: Sam Francis Medium: Lithograph Title: Pink Venus Kiki Portfolio: 1¢ Life Year: 1964 Edition Size: 2100 Framed Size: 20 1/2 x 28 1/2 inches Sheet Size: 16 1/8 x 22 1/4 inches ...
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1960s Sam Francis Art

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Lithograph

Circa 1950 Original lithograph of Sam Francis - Abstract - Signed by the artist
By Sam Francis
Located in PARIS, FR
Very nice original lithograph of Sam Francis. Samuel Lewis Francis (1923-1994) known as Sam Francis, is an American painter, famous for his non-figurative painting. He developed in...
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1950s Sam Francis Art

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Paper, Lithograph

Untitled SF78-94, 1978 (red acrylic)
By Sam Francis
Located in London, GB
SAM FRANCIS 1923-1994 San Mateo, California 1923 – 1994 Santa Monica (American) Title: Untitled SF78-94, 1978 (red acrylic) Technique: Stamp Signed Acrylic on Wove Paper Paper siz...
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1990s Abstract Sam Francis Art

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Acrylic

Affiche Moderna Museet Stockholm (Lembark, 16)
By Sam Francis
Located in New York, NY
SAM FRANCIS Affiche Moderna Museet Stockholm (Catalogue Raisonne L-16, p.66), 1960 Color lithograph on Rives BFK Paper with deckled edges 37 1/4 × 27 inches Edition 39/75 Pencil sign...
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1960s Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis Art

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Lithograph

Untitled SF92-55 (Acrylic)
By Sam Francis
Located in London, GB
SAM FRANCIS 1923-1994 San Mateo, California 1923 – 1994 Santa Monica (American) Title: Untitled SF92-55 (Acrylic), 1992 Technique: Stamp Signed Acrylic on Paper Paper size: 57.1 x...
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1990s Abstract Sam Francis Art

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Acrylic

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

Sam Francis Signed, Limited Edition Abstract Expressionist Print
By Sam Francis
Located in San Rafael, CA
Sam Francis (American, 1923-1994) Untitled (SF-220) - 1976 Lithograph on BFK Rives paper, full page Signed 'Sam Francis' in pencil lower right margin Edition 12 of 20 (There were als...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis Art

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Lithograph

Ducat
By Sam Francis
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A painting by Sam Francis. "Ducat" is an acrylic on canvas, abstract painting, executed in bright and deep yellow and blue by Post War artist Sam Francis. Stamped verso, "The Sam Fra...
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1980s Post-War Sam Francis Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Untitled (SF-356)
By Sam Francis
Located in Malmo, SE
Artwork size: 76 × 119 cm. Frame size 97 x 138 x 3 cm. Museum glass anti-reflective. Signed and numbered 50/50 by the artist. Sam Francis Archive Number: SF-356. Original lithogr...
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1990s Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis Art

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Lithograph

Mercury
By Sam Francis
Located in London, GB
Sam Francis Mercury 1963 Lithograph on BFK Rives paper, Edition of 20 60 .3 x 47.6 cms (23 3/4 x 18 3/4 ins) SF16664 Literature: The Prints of Sam Francis: A Catalogue Raisonne 196...
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1960s Abstract Sam Francis Art

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Lithograph

SF 89-153.
By Sam Francis
Located in Malmo, SE
Artwork size: 67 x 51 cm. Frame size: 112 x 97 cm. Free shipment worldwide. Archive number SF 89-153 in the Sam Francis Foundation. Stamped with the Sam Francis Estate logo and stam...
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1980s Contemporary Sam Francis Art

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Paper, Acrylic

Untilted
By Sam Francis
Located in Los Angeles, CA
SAM FRANCIS (1923-1994) UNTITLED, 1976 Original Color Lithograph in Four Colors 30 1/4 x 22 1/8 inches Signed Lower Left Dated and Numbered 28/30 Lower Right Reference: SF.213; L.205
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis Art

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Paper, Lithograph

Untitled, 1980
By Sam Francis
Located in London, GB
This work can be exhibited both vertically and horizontally.
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Late 20th Century Sam Francis Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Sam Francis Signed, Limited Edition Abstract Expressionist Print
By Sam Francis
Located in San Rafael, CA
Sam Francis (American, 1923-1994) Untitled (SF-233), 1977 Lithograph in black on Rives BFK paper, Pencil signed lower right Edition 6/20 Printed by George Page and published by The ...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis Art

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Lithograph

Untitled - Original Lithograph by Sam Francis - 1979
By Sam Francis
Located in Roma, IT
Untitled is an original artwork realized in 1979 by Sam Francis. Lithograph in colors on BFK Rives. Hand signed and numbered on lower margin.Edition 9/24. The Litho Shop, publisher a...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis Art

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Lithograph

Untitled (SF91-27PRS)
By Sam Francis
Located in London, GB
SAM FRANCIS 1923-1994 San Mateo, California 1923 – 1994 Santa Monica (American) Title: Untitled (SF91-27PRS) Technique: Stamped Signed Acrylic on Wove Paper, 1991 Size: 78 x 49 cm...
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1990s Abstract Sam Francis Art

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Acrylic

Untitled, 1988
By Sam Francis
Located in London, GB
SAM FRANCIS 1923-1994 San Mateo, California 1923 – 1994 Santa Monica (American) Title: Untitled, 1988 Technique: Original Hand Signed and Inscribed Screenprint in colours on wove p...
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1980s Abstract Sam Francis Art

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Screen

L’étoile (SF-364)
By Sam Francis
Located in Malmo, SE
The final print of Sam Francis. L’étoile (SF-364) 1995. Museum glass anti-reflective. Artwork size : 127 x 78,5 cm Frame size : 147x98x4 cm Edition 6/50 Embossed signature by the art...
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2010s Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis Art

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Lithograph

Untitled, from the Deluxe (Signed) 1984 Olympic Committee portfolio
By Sam Francis
Located in New York, NY
Sam Francis Untitled, 1982 Offset Lithograph on Parsons Diploma Parchment paper, hand signed with COA from publisher for Olympic Committee 36 × 24 inches Edition of 750 Hand-signed b...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis Art

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Offset

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

Untitled (SF-106A)
By Sam Francis
Located in Malmo, SE
Artwork size : 72 × 102 cm Frame size : 92 x 121 x 3 cm Signed and numbered AP (Artist proof) Edition of 40 + Proofs 8 Artists Proof, 6 Trial Proof, 6 State Proof. Sam Francis Arc...
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1960s Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis Art

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Lithograph

Vintage Poster Vintage Poster Fondation Maeght 19 Mars 1983
By Sam Francis
Located in Roma, IT
Fondation Maeght 19 mars is an outstanding vintage poster realized in occasion of Francis' Exhibition at Fondation Maeght in 1983. Offset and Screen Print. Very Good conditions. ...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis Art

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Offset, Screen

Untitled, 1986
By Sam Francis
Located in Palo Alto, CA
Created on 1986, Sam Francis Untitled, 1986 is a monotype in colors on hand made paper. This work is stamped with the artist’s stamp signature and Sam Francis Estate stamp on verso. ...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis Art

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

Untitled
By Sam Francis
Located in London, GB
Aquatint, monoprint with chine collé 84.5 x 68.6 cms (33 1/4 x 27 ins) Edition of 22 variants
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1990s Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis Art

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Color, Aquatint

Senza Titolo III
By Sam Francis
Located in London, GB
125 x 135.5 cms (49.21 x 53.35 ins) Edition of 76 76 numbered impressions and 14 artist's proofs Fabriano Rosaspina paper Signed in pencil, inscribed 'Bon a tirer'. Published ...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis Art

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Aquatint, Color, Etching

Swatch : Color Explosion - Original lithograph (Mourlot, 1992)
By Sam Francis
Located in Paris, FR
Sam FRANCIS Color explosion, 1992 Original lithograph Unsigned On Arches vellum 86.5 x 29.5 cm Numbered on the back Authenticated by Moulot blind stamp INFORMATION : Edited by Gale...
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1990s American Modern Sam Francis Art

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Lithograph

Untitled SF87-071 (Acrylic), 1987
By Sam Francis
Located in London, GB
SAM FRANCIS 1923-1994 San Mateo, California 1923 – 1994 Santa Monica (American) Title: Untitled SF87-071 (Acrylic), 1987 Technique: Stamp Signed Acrylic on Handmade Paper Paper si...
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1980s Abstract Sam Francis Art

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Acrylic

Trietto 3 (SFE-076 RC)
By Sam Francis
Located in London, GB
Aquatint in colours, 1991, on Fabriano paper, signed in pencil, numbered from the edition of 66, printed by Valter & Eleonora Rossi at Vigna Antoniniana Stamperia d'Arte, Rome, publi...
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1990s Sam Francis Art

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Aquatint

SF 66-111
By Sam Francis
Located in Malmo, SE
Artwork size: 79 x 55 cm. Frame size: 109 x 84 cm. Free shipment worldwide. Archive number SF66-111 in the Sam Francis Foundation. Stamped with the Sam Francis Estate logo and stamp...
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1960s Contemporary Sam Francis Art

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Paper, Acrylic

Abstract Lithograph by Sam Francis, 1976
By Sam Francis
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Sam Francis, American (1923 - 1994) Title: Untitled (SF-208) Year: 1976 Medium: Lithograph on BFK Rives, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 25/30 Size: 33 x 25 in. (83.82...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis Art

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Lithograph

Untitled, 1977
By Sam Francis
Located in Palo Alto, 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, SF78-255
By Sam Francis
Located in London, GB
SAM FRANCIS 1923-1994 San Mateo, California 1923 – 1994 Santa Monica (American) Title: Untitled SF78-255 (Acrylic), 1978 Technique: Signed and Dated Acrylic on BFK Rives Paper Pap...
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1970s Abstract Sam Francis Art

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Acrylic

Metal Field I, Abstract Etching by Sam Francis
By Sam Francis
Located in Long Island City, NY
Metal Field I (SFE-2C) Sam Francis, American (1923–1994) Date: 1973 Etching with Aquatint on Fabriano, signed and numbered in pencil Edition of AP 1/10 Image Size: 29.5 x 35.5 inches...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis Art

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Etching

Her Blue Deeps
By Sam Francis
Located in New York, NY
Samuel Lewis Francis (1923 – 1994) was an American painter and printmaker. He received both his BA and MA degrees from University of California, Berkeley, where he studied art, bota...
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Late 20th Century Abstract Sam Francis Art

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Lithograph

Untitled, from Carnegie Museum
By Sam Francis
Located in New York, NY
Sam Francis Untitled (from Fresh Air School), 1972 Lithograph on wove paper 15 × 22 inches Edition of 1,000 Unframed and unsigned This beautiful limited edition lithograph by legenda...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis Art

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Lithograph

Untitled SF79-011 (Acrylic Collage)
By Sam Francis
Located in London, GB
SAM FRANCIS 1923-1994 San Mateo, California 1923 – 1994 Santa Monica (American) Title: Untitled SF79-011 (Acrylic Collage), 1979 Technique: Signed and Dated Acrylic and Collage on ...
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1970s Abstract Sam Francis Art

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Acrylic

Untitled (Lembark 269)
By Sam Francis
Located in Miami, FL
TECHNICAL INFORMATION: Sam Francis Untitled (Lembark 269) 1982 Lithograph 48 x 34 in. Edition of 250 Pencil signed and numbered Accompanied with COA by Gregg Shienbaum Fine Art. C...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist 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

Happy Death Stone
By Sam Francis
Located in London, GB
SAM FRANCIS 1923-1994 San Mateo, California 1923 – 1994 Santa Monica (American) Title: Happy Death Stone, 1960 Technique: Original Hand Signed and Numbered Lithograph in Colours on...
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1960s Abstract Sam Francis Art

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Lithograph

Untitled (SFE-092), 1993
By Sam Francis
Located in London, GB
SAM FRANCIS 1923-1994 San Mateo, California 1923 – 1994 Santa Monica (American) Title: Untitled (SFE-092), 1993 Technique: Original Hand Signed and Numbered Aquatint in Colours on ...
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1990s Abstract Sam Francis Art

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Aquatint

Lover Loved Loved Lover
By Sam Francis
Located in London, GB
SAM FRANCIS 1923-1994 San Mateo, California 1923 – 1994 Santa Monica (American) Title: Lover Loved Loved Lover, 1960 Technique: Original Hand Signed and Numbered Lithograph in Colo...
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1960s Abstract Sam Francis Art

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Lithograph

Untitled - Original Lithograph by Sam Francis - 1992
By Sam Francis
Located in Roma, IT
Untitled is an original artwork realized by Sam Francis in 1992. Mixed colored lithograph on velin paper. Hand signed on the lower margin. Artist's proof, aside of the numbered edi...
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1990s Abstract Sam Francis Art

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Lithograph

Untitled - Original Lithograph by Sam Francis - 1964
By Sam Francis
Located in Roma, IT
Untitled is an original contemporary artwork realized by Sam Francis in 1964 Original Color Lithograph on BFK Rives, belonging to the suite "Pasadena Box Series". Hand signed and ...
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1960s Abstract Sam Francis Art

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Lithograph

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