If any one could coin the term "Zen Chic" it would be Sam Francis
. I remember gravitating to his work when I was in college and liking how he was different from other abstract expressionists with his light, almost water-color like paintings. And of course, I loved that unlike all the other art stars from that period, he used so much blue. What I didn't know was that Sam Francis' light hand is what gave him early success and made him the highest paid artist in the world for years, or that the great love of his life was Mako Idemitsu
, the daughter of his biggest patron. The Idemitsu Museum
in Tokyo now contains the largest collection of Francis' work in the world. Blacksweet Denim Jacket by Acne $600; Sierra Frill Front Blouse $230; The Row Sabine modal and silk blend tee $250; Max Mara silk scarf $380; Mar Y Sol fringe handbag $125; Alexander McQueen platform wedge sandal $3,495; Damsel in a Dress linen pants $165; Judith Jack mother of pearl ring $250; butter LONDON '3 Free - Spring/Summer 2011' Nail Lacquer $14; Elsa Peretti Sterling silver bone cuff $750.
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