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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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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

A RED STAR
By Sam Francis
Located in Aventura, FL
10-color screenprint on PTI #120 Waterleaf paper. Signed in red pencil lower right edge of sheet; edition lower left. Published by the artist; printed by La Paloma, Tujunga. Edition...
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1980s Abstract Sam Francis Art

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Paper, Etching, Aquatint

Untitled
By Sam Francis
Located in London, GB
Sam Francis Untitled 1984 Etching and aquatint in colours, edition of 30 74.6 x 43.2 cms (29 3/8 x 17 ins) SF15201
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1980s Abstract Sam Francis Art

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Etching, Aquatint

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

Sam Francis "Untitled (Celebration)" Etching, 1992
By Sam Francis
Located in Toronto, Ontario
A preeminent figure in 20th century abstraction, Sam Francis (1923-1994) is renowned for his dynamic and colorful works. Printmaking was an essential part of his practice. Similar t...
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1990s Abstract Sam Francis Art

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Etching

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

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

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

Untitled (CPT)
By Sam Francis
Located in London, GB
91.4 x 81.6 cms (36 x 32 1/8 ins) Edition of 20
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis Art

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Color, Aquatint

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

Ariel's Ring
By Sam Francis
Located in Miami, FL
TECHNICAL INFORMATION Sam Francis Ariel's Ring 1972 Screenprint 40 3/4 × 50 5/8 in Edition of 80 Pencil signed & numbered Accompanied with COA by Gregg Shienbaum Fine Art Con...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist 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 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

Sam Francis "Untitled (Harmony)" Etching, 1994
By Sam Francis
Located in Toronto, Ontario
A preeminent figure in 20th century abstraction, Sam Francis (1923-1994) is renowned for his dynamic and colorful works. Printmaking was an essential part of his practice. Similar to...
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1990s Abstract Sam Francis Art

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Etching

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

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

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

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

Uncle Sam, from One Cent Life
By Sam Francis
Located in Austin, TX
Artist: Sam Francis Title: Uncle Sam, from One Cent Life Year: 1964 Medium: Lithograph Dimensions: 16.25 x 23" Original lithograph on white wove paper. Printed by Maurice Beaudet in...
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1960s Pop Art Sam Francis Art

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Lithograph

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

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

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

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 (SF-358)
By Sam Francis
Located in Calabasas, CA
Artist: Sam Francis Title: Untitled (SF-358) Year: 1993 Medium: Lithograph on PTI #120 Waterleaf paper; deckled edges Edition: 50; signed and numbered in pencil Sheet: 46 3/4 x 30 in...
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1990s Abstract Sam Francis Art

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Lithograph

Sam Francis Untitled Signed Limited Edition Abstract Expressionist Print
By Sam Francis
Located in San Rafael, CA
Sam Francis (American, 1923 - 1994) Untitled, 1981 Aquatint on Rives BFK paper Signed in pencil and blind-stamped on lower right, and numbered in pencil with publisher's blind stamp ...
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Late 20th Century Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis Art

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Black and White, Aquatint

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

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

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

Damp
By Sam Francis
Located in London, GB
66 x 94 cms (26 x 37 ins) Edition of 20 Rives BFK paper Proofs: I BAT, 4 AP, 7 CTP, 9 XP Signed lower left; numbered lower left; publisher's chop lower left. Published by Tama...
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1960s Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis Art

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Color, Lithograph

Chinese Wall
By Sam Francis
Located in London, GB
Sam Francis Chinese Wall 1969 Lithograph, Edition of 20 76.5 x 57.2 cms (30 1/8 x 22 1/2 ins) SF15156
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1960s Abstract 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

Cloud Rock and Kayo 4 Years Old -- Red Eye, from 1¢ Life
By Sam Francis
Located in Washington, DC
Artist: Sam Francis Medium: Two lithographs printed on full page sheet Title: Cloud Rock and Kayo 4 Years Old -- Red Eye Portfolio: 1¢ Life Year: 1964 Edition: 2000 Framed Size: 28 3...
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1960s Sam Francis Art

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Lithograph

Yunan I
By Sam Francis
Located in Toronto, Ontario
A preeminent figure in 20th century abstraction, Sam Francis (1923-1994) is renowned for his dynamic and colorful works. Printmaking was an essential part of Francis' practice. The ...
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1970s Abstract Sam Francis Art

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ABS, Lithograph, Archival Paper

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

"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

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

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 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

Sam Francis "Sulfur Sail (SF-93)", 1969
By Sam Francis
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Sam Francis (b. 1923 - 1994) is known as one of America’s most dynamic abstract expressionist artists. Printmaking was an essential part of his practice. Similar to Robert Motherwe...
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1970s Abstract Sam Francis Art

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Lithograph

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 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

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 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, 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 (SFF.737)
By Sam Francis
Located in London, GB
Sam Francis Untitled (SFF.737) 1980 Acrylic on gatorboard 56.5 x 121.9 cms (22 1/4 x 48 ins) SF14752 Provenance: Private Collection (acquired directly from the artist). Sotheby's N...
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1980s Abstract Sam Francis Art

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Acrylic

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

Untitled (yellow down centre)
By Sam Francis
Located in London, GB
117 x 76 cms (46 x 30 ins) Edition of 50
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1990s Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis Art

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Color, Lithograph

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

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

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
By Sam Francis
Located in San Francisco, CA
This artwork "Untitled" is an original color lithograph on Arches paper by renown American artist Sam Francis 1923-1994. It is hand signed and inscribed E.A. (Epreuve d'Artiste, Arti...
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20th Century Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis Art

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Lithograph

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

Senza Titolo II (Untitled II)
By Sam Francis
Located in London, GB
86 x 107 cms (33 7/8 x 42 1/8 ins) Edition of 66
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis Art

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Color, Etching

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

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

Untitled, Sam Francis
By Sam Francis
Located in New York, NY
A monochromatic image of symmetry and grace, this original lithograph was created by Sam Francis in 1975, and is hand-signed by the artist in pencil, and numbered.  Measuring 22 ¼ x ...
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20th Century Sam Francis Art

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Lithograph

Untitled (Black and White Composition)
By Sam Francis
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A painting by Sam Francis. "Untitled (Black and White Composition)" is an abstract expressionism painting, acrylic on paper executed in black and white by American Post-War artist Sa...
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Late 20th Century Post-War Sam Francis Art

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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

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