Sam Francis

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Birthday
25, 1923
Birthplace
San Mateo, CA
Death Date
Nov 4, 1994 (71)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
25, 1923
Birthplace
San Mateo, CA
Death Date
Nov 4, 1994 (71)

About

Painter and printmaker known for works such as "Black and Red" and "Symphony in Blue." He posthumously set a record in 2010 when his 1957 painting, "Middle Blue," sold for $6,354,500 at an auction.

Before Fame

He studied psychology, botany, and medicine at the University of California, Berkeley, and also served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II.

Trivia

He was the subject of a 2010 documentary film "The Painter Sam Francis" by artist and filmmaker Jeffrey Perkins.

Family Life

His mother encouraged his interest in the arts, and her death in 1935 greatly impacted him. He was married five times and fathered four children.

Associated With

He was influenced by the work of abstract painter Mark Rothko.