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A selection of paintings...
1947-49.

All paintings are oil on panel or canvas unless other wise noted.  Many of these works no longer exist and so measurements are approximate.
Click here for a discussion of all 1940's  paintings.
Images marked
** are described in the catalog for my 2003 Retrospective at the Oakland Museum of California. 
Click the
** to go to the description.

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The first paintings that would suggest the path of my work in my life were made in the spring and summer of 1947.  None have survived.  The earliest survivors are these from 1948-1949.  The origin and history of all my early work (including the lost/destroyed 1947 beginnings) is discussed in the first section of my catalog essay for my 2003 Retrospective at the Oakland Museum of California.

Click here for a discussion of all 1940's  paintings.



** Untitled, Spring, 1948.
Oil on masonite,
 

Portrait of Erik, Fall 1948
Oil on canvas, approx 24 x 30 in.
 

 

 



Untitled, Fall 1948/Spring 1949.
Oil on canvas, approx 24 x 36 in..
 

 

 



King and Queen, Spring 1949
Oil on canvas, approx. 24 x 36 in.
(Private Collection, San Francisco)


Cathedral, Spring 1949
Oil on canvas, approx. 24 x 36 in.

 

 



Left to right, Sam Francis, Jack Head, Fred Martin
in the Delta Epsilon Alumni Show
in the UC Berkeley Power House Art Gallery,
Spring 1949.
Tempera on masonite, each 96 x 48 in.


The "Rothko Painting", Summer 1949
Oil on canvas, 40 x 30 in.

 

 

 



"There was a notion, common in that age,
it was a flower knew the secret."
Fall 1949
Oil on canvas, approx 60 x 60 in.
(Original lost, this is a 1983 watercolor copy
from a slide.)
 
  Click here for paintings 1950-52