Helen Frankenthaler (American, 1928 – 2011)
DimensionsSheet/image : 22 1/8 x 30 1/4 in. (56.2 x 76.83 cm)
Mat : 30 x 36 in. (76.2 x 91.44 cm)
Credit LineGift of Richard '52 and Margaret '52 Kruizenga
LabelHelen Frankenthaler was an Abstract Expressionist artist who gained fame in the 1950s for her distinctive painting technique that involved pouring paints on an un-primed canvas and allowing the colors to soak in and spread naturally like a stain. When Frankenthaler began making prints in the 1960s, she was forced to adapt her fluid, spontaneous creative process to the more methodical, mechanical steps of printmaking. This print llustrates how Frankenthaler used the oil-based lithography technique to create an image which looks like a singular brush and stain painting, yet which can be replicated exactly the same way multiple times. The composition is abstract but suggests a landscape, perhaps a ridge of mountains viewed through the clouds or an aerial view of a river delta seen from a plane.