Sam Francis


Sam Francis (eigentlich Samuel Lewis Francis; * 25. Juni 1923 in San Mateo, Kalifornien; † 4. November 1994 in Santa Monica, Kalifornien) war ein bedeutender US-amerikanischer Maler und Grafiker. Sein Werk wird dem Abstrakten Expressionismus bzw. der Farbfeldmalerei zugeordnet.
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1923born in San Mateo, CA

1943 – 1948Served in the United States Army Corps and began painting while convalescing from an injury

1946 – 1950began painting in San Francisco, CA

1949BA, University of California, Berkeley, CA

1950M.A. University of California, Berkeley, CA

1950 – 1958lived and worked in Paris, France with travels to Mexico, Japan, and Europe

1959lived in New York, NY

1959 – 1961lived in Bern, Switzerland

1961established permanent home in Santa Monica, CA

1970established the Litho Shop to print his own lithographs in Santa Monica, CA

1973 – 1974lived and painted primarily in Tokyo, Japan

1975 – 1977began collaborating with Garner Tullis on monotypes at the Institute of Experimental Printing, San Francisco, CA

1984established Lapis Press to publish artists' books

1987 – 1989Founded the Sam Francis Medical Research Center to support the research of infectious and environmental diseases

1994died in Santa Monica, CA


2013 – 2014Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, USA

2013Fondation Beyeler, Basel, Switzerland


Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Tate Gallery, London, UK
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel, Switzerland

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