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Sam Francis
Contemporary (post 1945) Painting
(San Mateo, CA, June 25, 1923 - November 4, 1994, Santa Monica, CA)

An Abstract Expressionist painter known for his brilliant coloration and splotch-like shapes, Sam Francis became one of the big-name modernist artists of the second half of the 20th century. He was much influenced by Clyfford Styll and Mark Rothco. Unlike many of the Abstract Expressionists and the Bay Area Figurative painters, his work was light and airy and increasingly decorative. Seeking his own approach to abstraction, he spent much of his career out of the United States, especially in France.


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