Sam Francis, SFF5.119 (Francis Archive SF52-059) Red,.

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Debra Burchett-Lere Director, Sam Francis Foundation


A new “living catalogue raisonné” embraces
the creative spirit of Sam Francis

We are thrilled to launch this first volume of Sam Francis’s digital catalogue raisonné, SFCR, which highlights the latest and most exhaustive research on the artist available to anyone, anywhere,” says Debra Burchett-Lere, Director of the Sam Francis Foundation. “It furthers the Foundation’s mission as it enables the international audience, to whom Francis was so significant, to access his vast oeuvre and learn new information about him as it is being discovered.”

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Top of page: Sam Francis SFF5.119 (Francis Archive SF52-059) Red Dated 1952 Gouache and watercolor on paper 24 x 19.6 cm (9 7/16 x 7 3/4 in.) INSCRIPTIONS: Signed and dated on verso in red paint: Sam Francis 1952 ADDITIONAL NOTATIONS: Notated by studio assistant on verso with the Litho Shop identification number in pencil: SF52-059 CREATION LOCATION: Paris COLLECTION: Private Collection, Bern