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Red 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.

Date:

1954

Artist:

Sam Francis
American, 1923–1994

About this artwork

Sam Francis’s early work was largely informed by the Abstract Expressionists’ lyricism and strong emphasis on color harmony. Living in Paris in the 1950s, the artist came under the influence of the Impressionist painters Claude Monet and Paul Cézanne, as well as their early 20th-century successors Pierre Bonnard and Henri Matisse. After viewing Monet’s Nympheas at L’Orangerie in 1953, Francis transformed his palette from pale grays and muted hues to an explosive mixture of primary colors. With its juxtaposition of cadmium red and deep blue, a combination that makes the surface seem to pulsate, Red No. 2 exemplifies the vibrancy of Francis’s paintings from this era.

On View

Contemporary Art, Gallery 291

Artist

Sam Francis

Title

Red No. 2

Origin

United States

Date

1954

Medium

Oil on linen

Inscriptions

Not inscribed on recto; inscribed: verso: "Francis" (on stretcher bar in black paint)

Dimensions

195.6 × 99.1 cm (77 × 39 in.), without frame

Credit Line

Ada Turnbull Hertle and Wirt D. Walker funds; restricted gifts of Mr. and Mrs. James W. Alsdorf and Edward E. Ayer in memory of Charles L. Hutchinson; Maurice D. Galleher Endowment

Reference Number

1975.127

Copyright

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

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