Museum Folkwang
White Painting
  • Sam Francis
  • White Painting, 1952

  • Oil on canvas
  • 101,5 x 78,5 cm
  • Acquired in 1970 with support of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Folkwang-Museumsverein
  • Inv. G 371
  • CommentaryWith color as his theme, the artist developed a multiplicity and wide-ranging expression up to extreme contradiction. Thus, in his white paintings at the beginning of the 50s he reduced the paint to almost nothing and applied it thinly to the canvas in biomorphic forms. The viewer is magically attracted by this vibrating brilliance and experiences the power of the few traces of color in the natural stone-like white structures which on the canvas come together into a body with subtle, swimming movement. An association with white-hot lave, carrying molten stones along in the great heat, would be no accident. Sam Francis linked color with fire and heat that is the greatest energy. Trained as an artist in Berkeley, he was residing in France – where he studied in Paris at the Académie Fernand Léger and spent his summer in Aix-en-Provence, the home of Paul Cézannes -when this painting was made. This stay changed his palette, the fine pale tones soon being replaced by intensive blues, reds and black.
  • Provenance1970, Galerie Müller, Köln
  • Obj_Id: 3,284
  • Obj_Internet_S: ja
  • Obj_Ownership_S (Verantw):Painting, Sculpture, Media Art
  • Obj_SpareNField01_N (Verantw): 187
  • Obj_Creditline_S: Gemäldesammlung
  • Obj_Title1_S: White Painting
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  • Obj_SpareMField01_M (Alle Titel): White Painting White Painting Weißes Gemälde
  • Obj_Dating_S: 1952
  • Jahr von: 1,952
  • Jahr bis: 1,952
  • Obj_IdentNr_S: G 371
  • Obj_IdentNrSort_S: G 0371
  • Obj_Classification_S (Objtyp): Painting
  • Obj_Crate_S: 101,5 x 78,5 cm
  • Obj_Material_S: Oil on canvas
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  • Obj_SpareSField01_S (Mat./Tech.): Oil on canvas
  • Obj_AccNote_S (Erwerb): Acquired in 1970 with support of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Folkwang-Museumsverein
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  • Obj_Rights_S: © Sam Francis Foundation, California / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

1970, Galerie Müller, Köln