Ruth E. Fine, Connie W. Lembark, New York, 1992.
Cloth hardcover in slipcase, 2 vols., 632 pp. with 410 color and 110 duotone illustrations. Large 4to.
The two-volume set of collected works of American painter and printmaker Sam Francis (1923-1994). Volume 1 contains the Lithographs. Volume 2 contains the Intaglio Prints, Screenprints and Posters.
In a varied body of lithographs, etchings and screenprints, American painter Sam Francis (b. 1923) creates a universe out of splashes, dots, spatters and broad swaths of color. Snakes, horseshoes, sexual imagery, floral bouquets and streams emerge out of the void. Geometric shapes--triangles, concentric circles, pinwheels, wedges--sputter, fizz and decompose. Using highly individual techniques developed at his own lithography press to convey his themes, Francis draws on his extended stays in Japan, on his immersion in the works of Jung and on Jackson Pollock's drip paintings. Among the 383 color plates and 141 duotones are complex mandalas that quietly entice the viewer, and ``anima prints,'' linear works defining the inner self as a composite of Jungian archetypes.