Untitled

  • Sam Francis, Untitled, 1960, gouache on paper, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Edith S. and Arthur J. Levin, 2005.5.31

Exhibition Label
In this composition, drips and spatters of paint lend dynamism to organic forms that are pushed to the sides of the sheet, as if repelled by a magnetic force. Aligning the circular shapes at the edges of the sheet while leaving a relatively blank center, Francis challenged traditional principles of composition. The central void suggests two aspects of science – the vast expanse of outer space and the minuscule distances between microscopic forms.

Graphic Masters II: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2009

Title
Untitled
Artist
Date
1960
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
29 3/4 x 22 1/4 in. (75.6 x 56.5 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bequest of Edith S. and Arthur J. Levin

Mediums Description
gouache on paper
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
Object Number
2005.5.31
Palette
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