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2004-11-08 until 2005-01-09
Museum Jan van der Togt
It has been 10 years since Sam Francis has passed away. Museum Jan van der Togt is organizing an exhibition this year in collaboration with Gallery Delaive to honour this great American Artist. A full colour exhibition catalogue will be available from the 1st of November 2004. This exhibition is a unique happening where more than 70 works will be exhibited in the Netherlands.
Sam Francis was a citizen of the world who lived for art. American by birth, he has spend a large part of his live in Europe (Paris and Bern), Tokyo and New York. Some of his paintings have been partly created in Paris, worked on in New York, and finally completed in Tokyo. With this cosmopolitan attitude to life Sam Francis has evolved his unique style of art.
Sam Francis was averse to all trends. He consciously and obstinately ignored these trends in order to follow his own personal path. Creativity and tireless dedication to his work result in a diverse expressive heritage consisting of paintings, drawings and graphics. His Big Orange, Round the World and other artistic creations of his hand can be seen as true icons of our time. Martha Jackson, an art dealer at the time in New York, wrote in a letter to Sam Francis in 1954;"..And what do I think of you? Only that you are one of the great painters of our time.." Time magazine reviewed Sam Francis in 1956 as;" the hottest American painter in Paris these days." In the early 1950s exhibitions were held at famous displays in Europe as the Famous Rive Droite in Paris, France. The support and devotion of Martha Jackson towards the artistic career of Sam Francis will lead into the Twelve Americans Exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in NY and later The New American Painting where 17 artists including Pollock and Mark Rothko demonstrated the artistic freedom of expressive artists.