Helen Frankenthaler


Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011) is one of the most revered and influential abstract artists of the 20th century. 

In recent years she has also become one of the most valuable American artists with new auction records that seem to be surpassed each season. In June of 2020, a new record was set for the artist at $7.8 million USD for an impressive canvas created in 1975. 

Collectors and critics praise the 1970's as Frankenthaler's mature period. While her signature aesthetic remained, her practice evolved as she transitioned from using diluted oil paints to liquid-like acrylics. The result was that the overall layering affect in her work became more luminous. 

As testament to the success of this period, Barbara Rose's book on the artist was published by Harry N. Abrams in 1974. To celebrate the book Frankenthaler created a series of 62 books with hand-painted covers, each one being a unique composition.

Today, Frankenthaler has become one of the most-collected artists of the post-war/mid-century group. 

This unique work is a rare opportunity to acquire a hand-painted Frankenthaler in an unconventional but highly meaningful format. 

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Untitled ("Painted Book")

Oil on linen-covered book

USA, circa 1974

Signed on the spine

Numbered and signed on the colophon page by the artist

11"H 11.75"W 1.5"D (closed) 

15.5"H 16"W 2.5"D (framed)

Minor wear to frame

Very good condition

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