Sam Francis on Painting, 1957

Sam Francis on Painting, 1957

“What we want to make is something that fills utterly the sight, and can’t be used to make life only bearable; if the painting till now was a way of making bearable the sight of the unbearable, the visual sumptuous, then let’s now strip away… all that.” 

– Sam Francis in a letter to MOMA curator Dorothy Miller in 1957


 Sam Francis installing his 1957 show at the Martha Jackson Gallery, New York.
 Photo courtesy Martha Jackson Gallery Archives:
University at Buffalo
Anderson Gallery, State University of New York at Buffalo

The above quote and photo are from:

The Sam Francis: Catalogue Raisonné of Canvas and Panel Paintings, 1946–1994

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