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    Sam Francis
    Poèmes dans le Ciel (Poems in the Sky)

    17th January - 21st February 2022

    We are excited to exhibit Sam Francis: Poèmes dans le Ciel (Poems in the Sky) a portfolio of six prints from 1986.

    Sam Francis (1923 – 1994) was an American painter and printmaker whose interest in the work of abstract expressionists such as Mark Rothko, Arshile Gorky and Clyfford Still fuelled his artistic vision. His loose style however, was most influenced by the work of Jackson Pollock and he later became loosely associated with the second generation of abstract expressionists, including Joan Mitchell and Helen Frankenthaler, who were increasingly interested in the expressive use of colour.

    He was hailed as one of the most dedicated and prolific printmakers of his time working in lithography, etching and screenprint, which allowed him to experiment as freely as his interests dictated whilst also supporting projects of other printmakers, enabling them to share in his experience and technical expertise.

    Sam Francis
    Poèmes dans le Ciel (Poems in the Sky)

    Suite of 6 lithographs, 1986.
    Each sheet hand signed and numbered in pencil lower margin, from the edition of 50 in Roman numerals.
    Each lithograph is printed on Rives BFK paper and is accompanied by the original linen covered portfolio box. The portfolio also contains poems by Michel Waldberg, hand signed in pencil on the frontispiece as issued.
    Published by Philosophie des Arts et F. Delille, Paris.
    Printed by Ateliers Desjobert, Paris.
    This portfolio is catalogued in ‘The Prints of Sam Francis’ a catalog raisonne, (SF312-317).
    Each sheet: 76.2 x 55.88 cm.
    Available individually.

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    Sam Francis took up lithography in 1960 and it became an important aspect of his artistic practice. In 1970 he established a workshop called the Litho Shop in Santa Monica where he printed and published his own lithographs.

    This portfolio of six prints were produced by Francis to accompany a text by the French art critic Michel Waldberg. He drew directly onto six plates and printed them in yellow, red, green, purple, ultramarine, dark blue and black. Francis was extremely active as a printmaker, creating numerous etchings, lithographs and monotypes throughout his life, many of which were executed at the Litho Shop.

    Sam Francis
    Poèmes dans le Ciel (Poems in the Sky)

    Lithograph, 1986.
    Signed and numbered in pencil lower margin, from the edition of 50 in Roman numerals.
    Printed on Rives BFK paper.
    Published by Philosophie des Arts et F. Delille, Paris
    Printed by Ateliers Desjobert, Paris.
    76.2 x 55.88 cm.

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    “Comme une idée traverse l’esprit
    Hors des passages protégés
    Parcourt en oblique en courant le carrefour
    (laissant une trace précaire sur l’asphalte bleue
    la patinoire moirée de la mémoire 
    de toutes choses confondues)”

    –  An extract of Michel Waldberg’s poem from Poems dans le Ciel.  

    Sam Francis
    Poèmes dans le Ciel (Poems in the Sky)

    Lithograph, 1986.
    Signed and numbered in pencil lower margin, from the edition of 50 in Roman numerals.
    Printed on Rives BFK paper.
    Published by Philosophie des Arts et F. Delille, Paris
    Printed by Ateliers Desjobert, Paris.
    76.2 x 55.88 cm.

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    Francis brought a worldly and intellectual spirit to his art. Although he eventually settled in California, he traveled widely and lived for extended periods of time in France, Switzerland, Japan, Thailand, and Indonesia. From these locales he absorbed aesthetic and cultural ideas, as evidenced by his diverse artistic inspirations, including Henri Matisse, Dada and Surrealism, Eastern philosophy and religion, and the psychoanalytic theories of Carl Jung.

     

    Sam Francis
    Poèmes dans le Ciel (Poems in the Sky)

    Lithograph, 1986.
    Signed and numbered in pencil lower margin, from the edition of 50 in Roman numerals.
    Printed on Rives BFK paper.
    Published by Philosophie des Arts et F. Delille, Paris
    Printed by Ateliers Desjobert, Paris.
    76.2 x 55.88 cm.

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    Sam Francis
    Poèmes dans le Ciel (Poems in the Sky)

    Lithograph, 1986.
    Signed and numbered in pencil lower margin, from the edition of 50 in Roman numerals.
    Printed on Rives BFK paper.
    Published by Philosophie des Arts et F. Delille, Paris
    Printed by Ateliers Desjobert, Paris.
    76.2 x 55.88 cm.

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    “Color is born of the interpenetration of light and dark”.

    –  Sam Francis

    Sam Francis
    Poèmes dans le Ciel (Poems in the Sky)

    Lithograph, 1986.
    Signed and numbered in pencil lower margin, from the edition of 50 in Roman numerals.
    Printed on Rives BFK paper.
    Published by Philosophie des Arts et F. Delille, Paris
    Printed by Ateliers Desjobert, Paris.
    76.2 x 55.88 cm.

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    In both his paintings and his prints, Francis remained a steadfast abstractionist. Working in a spontaneous, unpremeditated fashion, he created on a large scale in a vivid palette using a personal vocabulary of biomorphic forms, loose brushstrokes, and an astounding variety of drips and splatters, some controlled and some left to chance.

    Benefiting from his ongoing collaboration with various master printers, Francis exploited the possibilities inherent in the colour printmaking process, in which each colour must be printed from a separate stone or plate. He often created compositions by varying the order in which matrices were printed, or recombining different ones to make new images.

    Sam Francis pictured in his studio

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    Sam Francis
    Poèmes dans le Ciel (Poems in the Sky)

    Lithograph, 1986.
    Signed and numbered in pencil lower margin, from the edition of 50 in Roman numerals.
    Printed on Rives BFK paper.
    Published by Philosophie des Arts et F. Delille, Paris
    Printed by Ateliers Desjobert, Paris.
    76.2 x 55.88 cm.

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