Helen Frankenthaler


Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011) is one of the most revered abstract painters of the 20th century in addition to being one of the most successful and collected female artists.

Frankenthaler was a key player in the evolution of Abstract Expressionism. Elaborating on techniques made famous by Jackson Pollock, specifically pouring paint directly onto (frequently) unprimed canvas, Frankenthaler led the next major movement in American abstraction: Color Field painting. 

The artist was a prolific and experimental printmaker. She worked with lithography, etchings, woodcuts, and screenprints. This work, like many in her oeuvre, was created through an elaborate process using several different printmaking techniques.

If we consider Frankenthaler's work as a printmaker as a whole, her success in this realm can be attributed to two frequent characteristics; her restraint and color choices.  Frankenthaler's prints are frequently less gestural than her paintings, realized with a "lighter hand" with palettes more cohesive or gentle. Frankenthaler allows shapes, washes or wisps of color to be the dominant elements.  

"Reflexions XII,‚ÄĚ from the¬†Reflexions Series, best evokes the¬†school of painting (Color Field) she established, yet with a decidedly light if not ephemeral touch. In this piece, a¬†vibrant¬†creamy yellow backdrop is¬†invaded by a watermelon rouge color flow creating a¬†dynamic tropical gradient.

While the work is unquestionably abstract, it also manifests the sensuality and the tension evocative of her best works.  

Frankenthaler has exhibited internationally and is represented in numerous major collections including the MoMA (New York), the Tate (London), and the National Gallery of Art (Washington). 

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“Reflections XII"

USA, 1995


Signed by artist, bottom right

20"H 15"W (work)

Very good condition

Published by Tyler Graphics Ltd.

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