Helen Frankenthaler is an Abstract Expressionist painter from the USA. Born on 12 December 1928 in New York city, she is widely recognized and acknowledged for her valuable contribution to American postwar painting.

Paris Review, 1996
Paris Review, Serigraph by Helen Frankenthaler, 1996 — Buy at AllPosters.com

Frankenthaler, who began exhibiting her large artworks in the early 1950s, has spanned six decades of modern abstract expressionism, during which time she has succeeded in producing fresh and constantly evolving paintings. Her career as an artist began in 1952 when she exhibited Mountains and Sea, a large oil measuring 7 ft x 10 ft.

This work, while giving the impression of a watercolor, is done in oils and introduced the artist’s technique of painting straight on to unprepared canvas. This causes the canvas to absorb the colors, an effect which is further accelerated by diluting the oil paint with turpentine.

This “soak stain” technique was also used by artists such as Jackson Pollock and subsequently adopted by other contemporary artists which in turn led to the next generation of the Color Field school of painting.

Helen Frankenthaler’s paintings have been showcased in a number of retrospective exhibitions, including a 1989 retrospective at the prestigious Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City.

Examples of abstract expressionists paintings by Helen Frankenthaler:

Blue Atmosphere

Blue Atmosphere, Art Print by Helen Frankenthaler — Buy at AllPosters.com

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Ocean Drive West No. 1, c.1974
Ocean Drive West No. 1, c.1974, serigraph by Helen Frankenthaler — Buy at AllPosters.com

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Spring Bank, c.1974
Spring Bank, c.1974 Art Print by Helen Frankenthaler — Buy at AllPosters.com

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Chairman of the Board, c.1971
Chairman of the Board, c.1971, serigraph by Helen Frankenthaler — Buy at AllPosters.com

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Nature Abhors a Vacuum, c.1973
Nature Abhors a Vacuum, c.1973 Art Print by Helen Frankenthaler — Buy at AllPosters.com

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Southern Exposure
Southern Exposure, serigraph by Helen Frankenthaler — Buy at AllPosters.com

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Sesame, c.1970
Sesame, c.1970, serigraph by Helen Frankenthaler — Buy at AllPosters.com

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Grey Fireworks, 2000
Grey Fireworks, 2000 serigraph by Helen Frankenthaler — Buy at AllPosters.com

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Solar Imp, 2001
Solar Imp, 2001 serigraph by Helen Frankenthaler — Buy at AllPosters.com

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Paris Review, 1966
Paris Review, 1966 Rare Limited Edition by Helen Frankenthaler — Buy at AllPosters.com

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Flirt
Flirt, serigraph by Helen Frankenthaler — Buy at AllPosters.com

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Beginnings, 1994
Beginnings, 1994 serigraph by Helen Frankenthaler — Buy at AllPosters.com

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Mary Mary, 1990

Mary Mary, 1990 serigraph by Helen Frankenthaler — Buy at AllPosters.com

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