Sam Francis
Blue Blood Stone 1960

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Sam Francis 1923–1994
Blue Blood Stone
Date 1960
Medium Lithograph on paper
Dimensions Image: 844 x 632 mm
Acquisition Presented by J.G. Cluff 1984
View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

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A lithograph is made by drawing on the surface of a flat stone or zinc plate, then adding a type of ink that sticks to the crayoned marks and pressing a piece of paper against it to make a print. As the dripping and pooling of ink on these lithographs demonstrates, the process was suited to the sort of gestural marks that Francis made in his paintings. He was struck by the subtle receptivity of the 'stone' on which the print is drawn, saying 'you breathe on it and it shows'.

September 2004

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