Born: San Mateo, California 1923
Died: Santa Monica, California 1994
oil on canvas 90 5/8 x 79 1/8 in. (230.2 x 201.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
3rd Floor, North Wing
In Blue Balls, centrifugal force seems to propel orbs outward, while gravity pulls drips downward, and spatters mark the trajectories of particles in space. Sam Francis, who studied science in college, wrote his father that he had been reading a lot of astronomy, and remarked at ever since the two had talked about mathematical theory (his father was a math professor), "the paintings have become...much more cosmological in feeling and of much greater spatial expansion."
paint - oil
fabric - canvas