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Helen Frankenthaler
"Ramblas" by Helen Frankenthaler

1988

$12,500

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HELEN FRANKENTHALER (1928-2011) " Ramblas" Harrison 141, Afif Prints 3 Six color etching, drypoint and lithograph, c. 1987-88 Signed in lower margin on rives paper This impression 48 from the edition of 75 signed and numbered by artist Image Size: 34 ¼” x 26 ¾”, Fresh bright colors, full margins In 1987 Frankenthaler accepted an invitation to come to Barcelona and work with mast printer Joan de Muga at Ediciones Poligrafa. During a 10-day period Frankenthaler began four mixed media works combining lithography (4 aluminum plates) etching and drypoint (one copper plate). Joan de Muga made six visits to Frankenthaler’s studios in New York and Connecticut in the following months bringing proofs; Frankenthaler made corrections and gave precise instructions on the way she wanted them printed. The edition was printed after she was finally satisfied with all of her changes. The result is a large, rich, complex beautiful collaboration. The signed impressions were sold by Galeria Joan Prats; the artist’s proofs were kept by Frankenthaler. Helen Frankenthaler, a widely acclaimed member of the New York School, and leading figure of second-generation abstract expressionists, is a prominent American artist. Born in New York in 1928, Frankenthaler attended the Dalton School, where she studied with the Mexican painter Tamayo. After attending Bennington College in Vermont, she returned to New York to establish herself among the New York avant-garde. In 1950, she met the formalist art critic Clement Greenberg, who proved instrumental in acquainting Frankenthaler with leading figures in the New York art scene such Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning. Like them, she was interested in transforming elements of nature into abstract expressionism to develop a new technique: pouring thinned pigment onto unprimed canvas. This way of painting, asserting the primacy of color through fusing color and ground, led to a new style in art: color field painting. For a number of her contemporaries, soak-staining replaced the thickly painted, gestural strokes of action painting. This pouring technique created abstract fields, or shapes, of color, simplifications of scenes in nature, and achieved a dynamic lyricism that claims the picture space. Frankenthaler’s stained paintings, based on real or imaginary landscapes, epitomize her art. In 1958, Frankenthaler married painter, Robert Motherwell, from whom she was later divorced. Throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s she continued to explore the use of large abstract forms and rich color in canvases; but in this later work, Frankenthaler began to “flood” her canvases with color rather than staining them, a result of the artist’s switch from oil to acrylic paint. In addition to teaching in New York, Harvard, Princeton, and Yale Universities, Frankenthaler has had numerous one-person exhibitions, including retrospectives at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1969 and the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1989.

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  • Creator
    Helen Frankenthaler (1928, American)
  • Creation Year
    1988
  • Dimensions
    Height: 38 in. (96.52 cm)Width: 31.5 in. (80.01 cm)Depth: 2 in. (5.08 cm)
  • More Editions & Sizes
    Edition of 75Price: $12,500
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  • Condition
    This piece is framed in the black frame shown above.
  • Gallery Location
    Hinsdale, IL
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 21991stDibs: LU138427152282

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