Untitled

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

Artwork Details

Title
Untitled
Artist
Date
1960
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
29 3422 14 in. (75.656.5 cm)
Credit Line
Bequest of Edith S. and Arthur J. Levin
Mediums Description
gouache on paper
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
Object Number
2005.5.31

Artwork Description

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