From 1950 to 1958 Sam Francis traveled and painted in many cities such as Paris, Tokyo, Bern and New York. These travels exposed him to Zen Buddhism, Asian culture and modern painting, three influences which would challenge and guide him artistically. As a painter, he created many paintings including his prolific Basel Mural Triptychs, Blue Balls, Berlin Red and Edge Paintings. His paintings are famous for influencing a second generation of abstract expressionists. To that end, he is often accredited for bringing action paintings to the West Coast. Original Sam Francis paintings have increasingly high market value. In 2010, a Francis 1957 painting titled “Middle Blue” sold at auction for a record-breaking $6,354,500.