capture, document, curate research
and contribute to a more coherent understanding of
an artist’s vision and creative legacy

Sam Francis, Blue, Yellow and Orange, 1953
A dozen years of experience working with provenance researchers, archivists, art scholars and historians, writers, editors and information architects, galleries, museums, foundations, estates, and working artists has made it possible for us to offer you the most comprehensive art content management system available.

The design challenge for panOpticon is not to simply control the self-organizing processes, as some tools attempt to do, but to facilitate the emergence of higher-level outcomes e.g., more coherent understanding, accountability, access control, communication, and the exchange and distribution of usable data, metadata, and information.

Reliable information about artworks and their histories may be published, it can be used to create educational resources and interactive displays, it is indispensable when organizing exhibitions, it is of great help to working artists who are promoting themselves, and it is an essential ingredient in the production of an authoritative catalogue raisonné.*


“It is our intention not only to provide an historical record of Sam Francis’s artworks, but also to embrace his creative and innovative spirit by offering a catalogue that can evolve and change as research continues to develop.”

Debra Burchett-Lere
Director, Sam Francis Foundation
Sam Francis: Online Catalogue Raisonné Project:
Unique Works on Paper and Expanded Version of Canvas and Panel Paintings 1945–1949


“Sam Francis Catalogue Raisonné Goes Online” — ARTnews


* Note: It takes more than a great management system to produce catalogues raisonnés —
“…they exist at the intersection of the scholarly, legal and collecting art worlds.”
IFAR (International Foundation for Art Research)

accurate information is vital to the security
and sustainability of our cultural heritage


panOpticon software powers these artist catalogues [partial list] –

Antonio Amaral
Ruth Asawa
Bo Bartlett
Mary Bauermeister
Larry Bell
Thomas Hart Benton
Bernd Berner
Harry Bertoia
Janice Biala
George Caleb Bingham
Ion Bitzan
Jan Brueghel
Chris Burden
Pol Bury
David Byrd
Huguette Caland
Peter Campus
Mary Cassatt
Paul Cézanne
Pietro Consagra
Walter De Maria
Edwin Dickinson
Arthur Dove
Lyonel Feininger
John F. Folinsbee
Sam Francis
Akseli Gallen-Kallela
Adrian Ghenie
Arshile Gorky
Friederich Gräsel
Eva Hesse
George Inness
Eastman Johnson
Craig Kauffman
On Kawara
Paul Kleinschmidt
Franz Kline
Irving Kriesberg
George Lambert
Fitz Henry Lane
Margaret Lefranc
Roy Lichtenstein
Leo Marchutz
Willard Metcalf
Amedeo Modigliani
Lásló Moholy-Nagy
Alfred Munnings
Elizabeth Murray
Zoran Mušič
Park Seo-bo
Richard Pousette-Dart
Ad Reinhardt
Nancy Rubins
Betye Saar
Kay Sage
John Singer Sargent
Eugen Schönebeck
Hassan Sharif
Philippe Smit
David Smith
Hugh Steers
Arthur Streeton
Tom Thomson
Joaquín Torres-García
Giulio Turcato
John Henry Twachtman
Jack Tworkov
Louis Van Lint
Michael (Corinne) West
Senon Williams



panOpticon powers the catalogues on these websites —

Pol Bury Online Catalogue Raisonné

The Paintings, Watercolors and Drawings of Paul Cezanne

The Edwin Dickinson Catalogue Raisonné

Lyonel Feininger (1871-1956) Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings

John F. Folinsbee Catalogue Raisonné

Sam Francis Online Catalogue Raisonné Project

The Complete Works of Friedrich Gräsel Online

Fitz Henry Lane | Historical Archive – Catalogue Raisonné – Educational Resource

The Complete Works of Philippe Smit

Tom Thomson Catalogue Raisonné

Joaquín Torres-García Catalogue Raisonné

Jack Tworkov Catalogue Raisonné



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Sam Francis (1923–1994)
Blue Yellow and Orange, 1953, Paris
Watercolor and gouache on paper
38.1 x 56.52 cm (15 x 22 1/4 in.)
Signed and dated on verso in pencil: Sam Francis 1953 [Unconfirmed]
Idemitsu Museum of Arts, Japan (3450)