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Very First Stone

A work made of lithograph on white wove paper.
© 2018 Sam Francis Foundation, California / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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  • A work made of lithograph on white wove paper.

Date:

1959–68

Artist:

Sam Francis (American, 1923-1994)
printed by Robert Blackburn and Fred Genis
published Universal Limited Art Editions (American, founded 1955)

About this artwork

Francis drew his first lithographs for Tatyana Grosman in 1959, while he was living in a New York studio rented from Larry Rivers, the first artist invited to work at U.L.A.E. After the stones were drawn, they were taken to the workshop on Long Island for proofing. Francis, matching Grosman’s slow deliberation was in no hurry to release the prints, and they had not arrived at a solution when Francis left New York early in 1960. Subsequently, Francis made his first released lithographs at Emil Matthieu’s workshop in Zurich. Their success made him a committed printmaker.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Sam Francis

Title

Very First Stone

Origin

United States

Date

1959–1968

Medium

Lithograph on white wove paper

Dimensions

800 × 575 mm

Credit Line

U.L.A.E. Collection acquired through a challenge grant of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Dittmer; purchased with funds provided by supporters of the Department of Prints and Drawings; Centennial Endowment; Margaret Fisher Endowment Fund

Reference Number

1982.250

Copyright

© 2018 Sam Francis Foundation, California / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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