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Medium: Oil »
Year(s): 1949 »   //  1950 »
SFF.90 (Francis Archive SFP50-9; SFP50-15A)
Turquoise and Pink
ca. 1949–50
Oil on canvas
134.62 x 99.06 cm (53 x 39 in.)
Inscriptions: Unsigned and undated
Remarks: The painting is on the original stretcher
Creation location: San Francisco Bay Area (Berkeley) and Paris
Collection: Whereabouts Unknown
Jean-Paul Riopelle, Paris, France (1950s)
Private collection (ca. 1970) [by descent]
Whereabouts Unknown (2017) [through Sotheby's Paris auction]
Galerie Nina Dausset (also listed as Galerie du Dragon), Paris, Sam Francis: Peintures, February 8–28, 1952 (exhibition brochure: Peuchmaurd 1952).
Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland, Sam Francis, May 28–July 17, 1960 (exhibition catalogue: Meyer 1960), not exhibited [?] [Bern]; no. 1, checklist, no ill. [Stockholm]. Traveled to: Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sam Francis: Sweet Beat, September 16–October 1960 (separate catalogue: Hultén 1960).
Applicat-Prazan, Paris, Le grand Eil de Michel Tapiè, October 27–December 22, 2018 (exhibition catalogue), ill. in color, p. 68–69.
Literature References
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. 90, ill. in color on DVD I.

SFF.90 was started in Berkeley just before Francis left for Paris. He brought the rolled canvas with him, completing the painting shortly after his arrival in October 1950.

Notations on some black-and-white photographs in the artist's hand indicate the painting was in Georges Duthuit's collection, but it was only on loan to him for a brief period of time.

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. Reproduced with permission.

Archival Material
1952 Galerie Nina Dausset
Francis, standing next to Turquoise and Pink (c. 1949–50, cat. no. 90) and Composition in Pink (c. 1949–50, cat. no. 68), at his first solo exhibition, Galerie Nina Dausset, Paris, 1952.
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1952 Galerie Nina Dausset
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1960 Moderna Museet, Stockholm
Courtesy Moderna Museet
Record last updated August 30, 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. "Turquoise and Pink, ca. 1949–50 (SFF.90)." Sam Francis: Online Catalogue Raisonné Project. (accessed on November 12, 2018).