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In Lovely Blueness No. 2

A work made of oil on linen.
© 2018 Sam Francis Foundation, California / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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  • A work made of oil on linen.




Sam Francis
American, 1923–1994

About this artwork

In the mid 1950s, Sam Francis inaugurated a succession of monumentally scaled paintings informed by a variety of artistic sources, including Abstract Expressionism and French Impressionism. With their spontaneous brushwork and lyrical interplay of primary hues, these paintings established Francis as one of the foremost colorists of the postwar era. The artist often found inspiration in literary works and kept a notebook containing titles of books and verses. He named this and a related painting (In Lovely Blueness No. 1, 1955–57) after a poem by the German Romantic writer Friedrich Hölderlin, hoping to capture the poem’s sublime imagery and prophetic vision.


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Contemporary Art


Sam Francis


In Lovely Blueness No. 2


United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on linen


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Without frame: 309.9 × 365.8 cm (122 1/16 × 144 1/16 in.); 309.9 × 365.8 cm (122 × 144 in.)

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Mr. and Mrs. Frank G. Logan and Flora Mayer Witkowsky purchase prize funds; through prior gifts of Wallace L. DeWolf, Albert A. Munger and the Charles H. and Mary F. S. Worcester Collection; gift of Lannan Foundation

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© 2018 Sam Francis Foundation, California / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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