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Medium: Oil »
Year(s): 1948 »   //  1949 »
SFF.63 (Francis Archive SFP48-3)
Untitled (Pale Green)
ca. 1948–49
Oil on canvas
91.44 x 116.84 cm (36 x 46 in.)
Inscriptions: Signed in cursive with ink or paint on lower right recto: Sam Francis
Additional notations: Stamped with the Sam Francis Estate logo and facsimile signature stamps on canvas verso
ICA Art Conservation, Cleveland, Ohio-In lab April-June 1972/Referred by the Albright Knox Art Gallery -See attached condition report dated May 15, 1972 and treatment record-Owner at time-Albright-Knox Gallery
Remarks: A recent discovery shows a faint signature barely visible over an edge that was inaccessible until the canvas was restretched
Creation location: San Francisco Bay Area/Berkeley [?]
Collection: Suzanne Deal and David Booth collection
Provenance
Georges Duthuit, Paris, France
[Returned to the artist] [?]
Estate of the artist, California (1994)
Private collection
Suzanne Deal Booth and David Booth collection (2000) [through Ace Gallery, New York]
Exhibitions
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, Sam Francis Paintings 1947–1972, September 11–October 15, 1972 (exhibition catalogue: Buck 1972), no. 2, ill. in b/w, p. 34; 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.
University of California, Berkeley, University Art Museum, Berkeley, California, Sam Francis: 1994 Distinguished Alumnus Award Exhibition, July 9–November 13, 1994 (exhibition brochure: Bass 1994), no. 3, ill. in color, fig. 2.
Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris, Sam Francis: Les années parisiennes 1950–1961, December 12, 1995–February 18, 1996 (exhibition catalogue: de Chassey et al 1995), ill. in color, pp. 72–73.
Literature References
Selz, Peter. Sam Francis. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1975, p. 132, ill. in b/w, pl. 57.
Selz, Peter et. al. Sam Francis. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1982, p. 144, ill. in b/w, pl. 63.
Agee, William C. Sam Francis: Paintings 1947–1990. Los Angeles: The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 1999. Exhibition catalogue. (1999–2001 Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) and traveling), p. 18, ill. in color, fig. 11.
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, p. 29, ill. in color, fig. 33; cat. no. 63, ill. in color on DVD I.
Notes

The painting is not on the original stretcher and has been attached to a new adjustable frame. An original cardboard backing has been attached to the back of the new stretcher.

Given the discovery of the additional signature, the painting is shown horizontally in the main entry here with the faintly visible signature at the bottom, lower right. However, a 4 x 6–inch black-and-white photograph of the painting has the following notation in the artist's hand: oil on canvas 80 fig[ure] 1948–49 Berkeley coll. the artist. The notation is written as a horizontal note, but then crossed out with the alternate orientation (designated with "Top") written so the signature is in the upper-right corner. Moreover, the exhibitions at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery; University of California, Berkeley; and Jeu de Paume museum installed the painting and reproduced illustrations with the signature on the lower-left side of the painting's surface. Therefore, SFF.63 has been illustrated and displayed with varying orientations.

The Litho Shop documentation card indicates creation dates from 1948 to 1949, with assignment of the earlier date of 1948 rather than the final completion date of 1949.

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.

Alternate orientation
Alternate orientation
Recto signature detail
Archival Material
1972-73 Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Courtesy Albright-Knox Art Gallery
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1994 University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley
Courtesy University of California, Berkeley Art Museum
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1994 University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley
Courtesy University of California, Berkeley Art Museum
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1994 University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley
Courtesy University of California, Berkeley Art Museum
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Record last updated April 18, 2018. 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. "Untitled (Pale Green), ca. 1948–49 (SFF.63)." Sam Francis: Online Catalogue Raisonné Project. http://cr.samfrancisfoundation.org/catalogue/entry.php?id=8492 (accessed on July 22, 2018).