Sam Francis: Five Decades of Abstract Expressionism from California Collections

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Courtesy: Pasadena Museum of California Art
Sam Francis, Blue and Yellow,1954-55. Oil on canvas, 76 3/4 x 51 inches. The Eli and Edythe L. Broad Collection, Los Angeles. Artwork © Sam Francis Foundation, California / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

A native Californian, painter Sam Francis maintained studios all over the world during his career but always returned to his home state (something many Californians can surely relate to). In this exhibition at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, many of Francis' paintings and works are reunited, from both public and private collections, in the first major exhibition of his work in more than a decade. His pieces are filled with light, color and rhythm, from the smallest three-by-two-inch canvases to his largest murals. Over the span of his fifty-year career, Francis influenced many movements in Californian art and referenced major artistic styles, from eastern art to French Impressionism.

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