Project Description



Sam Francis (1923-1994) is internationally regarded as a leading lyrical abstract expressionist painter alongside Joan Mitchell and Helen Frankenthaler. With his signature dripped, stained and splattered paintings, the artist is credited with securing worldwide recognition for post-war American abstraction.

Francis grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, but was influenced by European art during his service in World War II. He was prolific: during his long and acclaimed career, he created thousands of paintings on canvas and paper, as well as prints and monotypes. His works are held in numerous major museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; the Idemitsu Museum of Arts, Tokyo, Japan; and the Centre Pompidou, Paris, France.