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Acquired 1963 from the artist by the Pasadena Art Museum [later Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena]; sold December 1982 to (Galerie Beyeler, Basel);[1] purchased by the NGA Collectors Committee; gift 1985 to NGA.

Exhibition History

Sam Francis, Esther Bear Gallery, Santa Barbara, 1962, no. 1, repro.
Sam Francis: A Retrospective Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley, 1967-1968, no. 29, repro.
Sam Francis, Kunsthalle, Basel; Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 1968, no. 51 (Basel catalogue), no. 26 (Karlsruke catalogue), no. 40 (Amsterdam catalogue).
West Coast 1945-1969, Pasadena Art Museum; City Art Museum of Saint Louis; Art Gallery of Ontario,Toronto; Fort Worth Art Center, 1969-1970, unnumbered catalogue, repro.
Sam Francis: Paintings 1947-1972, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Dallas Museum of Fine Arts; Oakland Museum, 1972-1973, no. 45, repro.
Sam Francis: The Fifties, Robert Elkon Gallery, New York, 1974-1975, brochure.
Sam Francis: Early Works, Robert Elkon Gallery, New York, 1984.
Sam Francis, Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundersrepublik Deutschland, Bonn, 1993, unnumbered catalogue, repro. 151.
Pintura Estadounidense: Expresionismo Abstracto [Abstract Expressionism and the American Experience], Centro Cultural Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City, 1996-1997, no. 19, repro.
Sam Francis: Paintings 1947-1990, Museum of Contemporary Art / Geffen Contemporary, Los Angeles; Menil Collection, Houston; Malmö Konsthall, Sweden; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; Galleria Comunale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Rome, 1999-2000, pl. 41 (not shown in Rome).
Extended loan for use by President Barack Obama, The White House, Washington, D.C., 2009-2017 (on loan to Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute for July-October 2014).


Strick, Jeremy. Twentieth Century Painting and Sculpture: Selections for the Tenth Anniversary of the East Building. Washington, D.C., 1989: 86, repro. 87.
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 183, repro.
Burchett-Lere, Debra, ed. Sam Francis: Catalogue Raisonné of Canvas and Panel Paintings, 1946-1994, Berkeley, 2011: no. SFF.280, repro.

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