California born artist Sam Francis was a second generation Abstract Expressionist painter who incorporated influences of Jungian
psychology, Buddhism, and Japanese aesthetics into the urban and angst-ridden painting style of the New York School. After
living abroad in Paris and Japan, he settled in Los Angeles, where he founded a fine art print press, the Litho Shop, a book
press, Lapis Press, and painted prolifically until his death in 1994. The papers document his exhibitions, business ventures,
friendships, five marriages, and childhood.
Sam Francis was born in 1923 in San Mateo, California. He studied botany and psychology at the University of California, Berkeley,
but dropped out before graduating to enlist in the Army during World War II. Injured in a training flight crash in 1944, he
was a convalescent for several years, during which time he began to paint as a form of distraction. When he recovered he returned
to college, studying painting under Bay Area artists David Park and Clifford Still.
238.73 linear feet
(298 boxes, 58 flatfile folders, 3 rolls, 25 videocassettes, 9 DVDs, 15 films, 4 audio reels)
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Box 193 is sealed until 2086.