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Medium: Oil »
Year(s): 1948 »
SFF.41 (Francis Archive SFP48-4;SFP48-13; SFP49-8)
Alternate titles: Painting; Untitled
Oil on canvas
91.5 x 102.3 cm (36 1/16 x 40 5/16 in.)
Inscriptions: Signed and dated in the composition on lower-right recto in brown-black oil paint: Sam Francis 48'
Creation location: San Francisco Bay Area/Berkeley [?]
Collection: Private collection, Switzerland
Private collection, Los Angeles, California
Gimpel & Hanover Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland (1961)
Gimpel Fils Gallery, Ltd., London (April 1961)
Gimpel & Weitzenhoffer, Ltd., New York [?]
The Prudential collection, Prudential Insurance Company of America, Newark, New Jersey (March 1972)
Private collection, Switzerland (2004) [through Christie's New York auction]
Gimpel Fils Gallery, London, A Selection of East Coast and West Coast American Painters, March, 1962 (exhibition catalogue), no. 7, checklist, no ill.
Gimpel Fils Gallery, London, Collectors Choice XIII, March 23–April 17, 1965 (exhibition catalogue: Gimpel Fils 1965), no. 11, checklist, no ill.
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, Sam Francis, Richard Diebenkorn: Two American Painters, Abstract and Figurative, May 8–June 7, 1965 (exhibition catalogue: Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art 1965), no. 1, checklist, no ill.
Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, West Germany, Sam Francis, June 30–August 11, 1968 (exhibition catalogue), no. 1, checklist, no ill.
Kunsthalle Basel, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland, Sam Francis, April 20–June 3, 1968 (exhibition catalogue: Rüdlinger 1968); Schmied 1968), no. 1, checklist, no ill.
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Sam Francis, September 13–November 3, 1968 (exhibition catalogue), no. 1, checklist, no ill.
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, Abstract Expressionism: The First and Second Generations in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, January 19–February 20, 1972 (exhibition catalogue: Albright-Knox Art Gallery 1972), no. 3, ill. in b/w, p. 36.
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, Sam Francis Paintings 1947–1972, September 11–October 15, 1972 (exhibition catalogue: Buck 1972), no. 3, ill. in b/w, p. 36. Traveled to: Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C, November 1–30, 1972. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, December 10, 1972–January 14, 1973. Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas, February 7–March 18, 1973. Oakland Museum, Oakland, Calif, June 12–August 5, 1973.
Literature References
Selz, Peter et. al. Sam Francis. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1982, p. 25, ill. in color, pl. 4.
Post-War and Contemporary Art: Morning Session. New York: Christie's, May 12, 2004. Auction catalogue, p. 31, lot no. 122, ill. in color.
Burchett-Lere, Debra, ed. Sam Francis: Catalogue Raisonné of Canvas and Panel Paintings, 1946–1994. Berkeley, California: University of California Press and Sam Francis Foundation, 2011, cat. no. 41, ill. in color on DVD I.

SFF.41 has also been previously identified with a 1949 date and reproduced in varying orientations.

Portions of this entry are from Sam Francis: Catalogue Raisonné of Canvas and Panel Paintings, 1946–1994. Published by the Regents of the University of California/University of California Press (2011). Reproduced with permission.

Detail of recto with signature and date
Archival Material
1968 Kunsthalle Basel
Photo Christian Baur, Basel, © Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland
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1972-73 Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Courtesy Albright-Knox Art Gallery
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Record last updated January 17, 2019. Please note that the information on this and all pages is periodically reviewed and subject to change.
Current catalogue view includes unique works on paper and canvas and panel paintings of the artist’s oeuvre from the years 1945–1949.

Citation: Burchett-Lere, Debra, ed. "Composition, 1948 (SFF.41)." Sam Francis: Online Catalogue Raisonné Project. (accessed on March 22, 2019).