New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1992. First edition. Hardcover. Quarto. 411, 200pp. Original illustrated dustjackets, white lettering on spine, over blue cloth with gilt-stamped vignettes on covers, gilt lettering on spine; housed in a matching slipcase with gilt lettering and color plate laid to cover. Yellow and green endpapers.
"Sam Francis was the first of the postwar American painters to reach international recognition. He had gone to Paris on the GI Bill in 1950, and his work was soon receiving growing acclaim in Europe and Japan as well as the United States. His highly personal style of spontaneous, immediate application of paint to canvas and paper gave rise to a new French term which was soon internationalized: "Tachisme," in effect the art of spots and stains. Through the slowly evolving styles of Francis's work in the intervening decades, his art has been characterized by controlled accidents carefully contained within the highly personal imagery he created... The Prints of Sam Francis catalogues and fully documents every work in the graphic media by this master printmaker, including nearly 300 lithographs and 125 etchings. Also featured are the screen prints, posters, a series of self-portraits that have never before been published, and rare variants of many works." (Publisher).
Illustrated with mostly color offset reproductions of Francis's work. Includes the Anima Prints, a group of fifty lithographic self-portraits, mostly in monochrome and simple line work, done by Francis between 1973 and 1976. Chronology, bibliography, glossary, concordances, index and photographic references at rear. Slipcase with minor wear, else in fine condition. Fine. Item #44557