|AMSTERDAM, November 7, 2012/PRNewswire/ — November 3 – December 15, 2012
Gallery Delaive is proud to announce Sam Francis: Works from the 1950s on paper and canvas. Sam Francis’ (1923-1994) career spanned approximately 50 years and includes a staggering amount of paintings, drawings and prints. Influenced by Abstract Expressionism and the works of Clyfford Still and Jackson Pollock, Francis developed a unique style characterized by his sensitivity to light and the use of space to allow free circulation of strong color. This exhibition will present a selection of works on paper and canvas from Sam Francis’ European decade in the ’50s, pivotal in the development of Francis’ distinctive style.
After five years in Paris Sam Francis had succesfull shows all over Europe, propelling him to international acclaim. After he was featured in the 1956 exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art, “Twelve Americans,” Time magazine deemed him “the hottest young painter in Paris.” Francis made entirely monochromatic works, large oil paintings with splattered areas of bright contrasting color and small and intimate paintings on paper. Francis enjoyed the properties of paper for allowing him to fully explore a color’s potential. During his period in Europe he also executed a number of monumental mural paintings for the Kunsthalle (Basel) in 1956-8 and for the Chase Manhattan Bank (New York) in 1959.