For Sam Francis, exploring the creative process was his driving force. It impacted not only his art, but his view of human progress. One of the twentieth century’s most profound Abstract Expressionists, he is noted as one of the first post-World War II painters to develop an international reputation.
“No one ever knows in his own lifetime whether his work has any real quality. Just think of all the fuss that’s been made in our century, and who is there of real importance? . . . Picasso and Duchamp. And to some extent Matisse. Who else has made a profound innovation? No one.”
'Oedipus and the Sphinx after Ingres', 1983. Oil on canvas.