Museu Berardo
Bacalhôa Vinhos de Portugal
Fundação Berardo

Copyright estate of the artist
 Francis, Sam (1923 - 1994)

Untitled, 1979

Oil on canvas;
305 x 244 cm
Abstract Expressionism

UID 102-204


American painter and draughtsman, Francis began painting in 1944 at a time when he was convalescing after an aviation accident. He attended the University of California in Berkeley, a period during which he experimented with various painting styles, among which were Surrealism and the Abstract Expressionism Pollock, Rothko and, principally, Clyfford Still. His own style appeared around 1950, when Francis moved to Paris to join the studio of Fernand Léger, where he met Jean-Paul Riopelle who was later to be an important influence. In identifying himself with Informal Art, he took part in a number of this group's exhibitions although he refused to be formally associated with any movement. The last works of Sam Francis continued to be sensual celebrations of human emotion which was always a main feature of his art. He can be seen as one of the major exponents of Action Painting in America.


Contemporary Painters in The Berardo Collection
Centro das Artes Casa das Mudas, Calheta, Madeira, Portugal
28-05-2005 ~ 28-08-2005

Colecção Berardo Collection 1917-1999
Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB), Portugal
27-01-2000 ~ 27-08-2000

Collection Berardo, Oeuvres Choisies du 20e Siècle
Musée des Beaux Arts de Lyon, France
05-10-2001 ~ 14-01-2002

The Berardo Collection
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
17-05-1997 ~ 31-08-1997


Colecção Berardo Collection 1917-1999
Published by CCB - Centro Cultural de Belém
ISBN 972817652X

Collection Berardo, Oeuvres Choisies du 20e Siècle, 2001
Published by Musée des Beaux Arts de Lyon
ISBN 2711843319

The Berardo Collection – Sintra Museum of Modern Art, 1996
Published by Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo
ISBN 9729739105

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