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Helen Frankenthaler Art

American, 1928-2011

Prolific and pioneering painter Helen Frankenthaler said it was “a combination of impatience, laziness and innovation” that drove her to thin her paints with turpentine so that they would seep into the fabric of an unprimed canvas. Her breakthrough in the early 1950s led the way for a spellbinding new style of painting that would come to be known as Color Field.

Although Color Field is often considered a strain of Abstract Expressionism, Frankenthaler’s work differed from the gestural “Action Painting” that typified the paintings of artists like Willem de Kooning and Lee Krasner. Her vast and immersive expanses of color created at a fearless scale captivated art critics and greatly influenced her peers including Morris Louis and Kenneth Noland.

Frankenthaler knew from an early age that she wanted to be a painter. The youngest daughter of a New York State Supreme Court justice, she grew up on Manhattan’s Park Avenue and as a child delighted in the little ways color and form revealed themselves, whether dribbling red nail polish in a sink full of water or drawing her steps from the Metropolitan Museum of Art to her family’s apartment. As a student at Bennington College, her rare vision was enriched by the mentorship of painter Paul Feeley, who gave her lessons in Cubism. After dabbling in art history at Columbia University, she rented a studio downtown and befriended rising New York art stars like Jackson Pollock and Robert Motherwell, whom she later married.

Characterized by “direct, exuberant gestures,” the Abstract Expressionist technique was all about gusto, and Frankenthaler had it in spades. One of the few women of this era to garner widespread critical acclaim, Frankenthaler had a significant impact on the mid-20th-century art world. She exhibited in the high-profile 1951 Ninth Street Show and, in 1957, she appeared in a Life magazine spread on women artists photographed by Gordon Parks. In 1960, the Jewish Museum held her first major museum show, a retrospective of her 1950s work. A 1969 solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art further introduced Frankenthaler to the broader art world.

While Frankenthaler remains best known for bold, expressive “soak-stain” paintings such as Mountains and Sea (1952), she worked across diverse media for decades, with forays into woodcutting, drawing and printmaking that also pushed boundaries. She also taught at Harvard, Yale and Princeton, fostering generations of artists. She died in 2011.

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Grey Fireworks
By Helen Frankenthaler
Located in Houston, TX
Helen Frankenthaler Grey Fireworks, 2000 Screenprint 28 x 46 in (71.1 x 116.8 cm) Edition of 108 JPHB 5986
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Expressionist Helen Frankenthaler Art

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Screen

Valentine for Mr. Wonderful
By Helen Frankenthaler
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Artist: Helen Frankenthaler Title: Valentine for Mr. Wonderful Year: 1995 Medium: 7 Original color etchings, aquatint, engraving, and embossing printed from 11 copper plates and five...
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1990s Helen Frankenthaler Art

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Engraving, Etching, Aquatint, Lithograph

Helen Frankenthaler - Tutti-Frutti Framed Print
By Helen Frankenthaler
Located in Central, HK
This print features a reproduction of Tutti-Frutti (1966) by Helen Frankenthaler. It's mounted and laminated for protection from dust and UV rays, and floated in a hand-stained, natu...
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2010s Helen Frankenthaler Art

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Wood, Paper

Helen Frankenthaler - Lush Spring Framed Print
By Helen Frankenthaler
Located in Central, HK
This print features a reproduction of Lush Spring (1975) by Helen Frankenthaler. It’s mounted and laminated for protection from dust and UV rays, and floated in a hand-stained, natur...
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2010s Helen Frankenthaler Art

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Wood, Paper

The Darker Palette poster (hand signed twice and inscribed by Frankenthaler)
By Helen Frankenthaler
Located in New York, NY
Helen Frankenthaler Frankenthaler: The Darker Palette (Hand signed twice and inscribed), 1998 Offset Lithograph poster 42 × 35 in hand signed "Frankenthaler" lower left; inscribed an...
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1990s Abstract Expressionist Helen Frankenthaler Art

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Offset, Permanent Marker, Lithograph

Acrobat (detail), Limited Edition Porcelain Plate in bespoke blue box
By Helen Frankenthaler
Located in New York, NY
Helen Frankenthaler Acrobat (detail), Limited Edition Porcelain Plate in bespoke blue box, 2021 Silkscreen on bone china, held in bespoke blue box Bears the artist's copyright; Editi...
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2010s Abstract Expressionist Helen Frankenthaler Art

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Porcelain, Screen, Cardboard

Offset lithograph poster (Signed by both Helen Frankenthaler and Aaron Copland)
By Helen Frankenthaler
Located in New York, NY
Helen Frankenthaler Pro Musica's Contemporary American Choral Music (Hand signed by both Helen Frankenthaler and Aaron Copland), 1982 Offset lithograph poster (Hand signed by Helen F...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Helen Frankenthaler Art

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Ink, Lithograph, Offset

"Sirocco" Mixographia
By Helen Frankenthaler
Located in Newport Beach, CA
“Sirocco” by Helen Frankenthaler . Mixographia embossed engraving on handmade paper. Unique color from the regular numbered edition. 51/52. Hand signed by artist, dated 1989. Pri...
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Late 20th Century Helen Frankenthaler Art

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Ink, Handmade Paper

Abstract Expressionist poster (Hand signed and inscribed by Henen Frankenthaler)
By Helen Frankenthaler
Located in New York, NY
Helen Frankenthaler Frankenthaler (Hand signed and inscribed), 1988 Offset lithograph (hand signed and inscribed to renowned collectors) Hand signed and warmly inscribed in ink on th...
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1980s Color-Field Helen Frankenthaler Art

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Offset, Ballpoint Pen, Lithograph

Plaza Real
By Helen Frankenthaler
Located in New York, NY
A very good impression of this color soft-ground etching, etching and aquatint on White Rives BFK paper. Signed, dated and numbered 55/60 in pencil, lower margin. Printed and publish...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Helen Frankenthaler Art

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Color, Etching, Aquatint

Helen Frankenthaler What Red Lines Can Do Series, Screen Print
By Helen Frankenthaler
Located in Detroit, MI
"Untitled" lithograph from Frakenthaler's What Red Lines Can Do Series. Signed and dated, with the numbers 55/9/75 on the lower front right. Color screen print on white arches handmade cold press paper. Helen Frankenthaler was born on December 12, 1928 in New York City, the daughter of a New York Supreme Court judge and a family of Jewish immigrants from Germany who emphasized culture and intellectual pursuits and continue to be active to this day such as through nephew, the artist and photographer Clifford...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Helen Frankenthaler Art

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Lithograph

Mary, Mary
By Helen Frankenthaler
Located in London, GB
Screenprint and offset lithograph in colours, 1987, on wove paper, signed in pencil by the artist, one of 10 printer's proofs, aside from standard edition of 72, published by Lincoln...
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Late 20th Century Abstract Helen Frankenthaler Art

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Offset, Screen

Book: Works on Paper 1949-1984 (Hand signed & inscribed by Helen Frankenthaler)
By Helen Frankenthaler
Located in New York, NY
Winning buyer: Try entering code FREESHIP for complimentary packing and shipping at checkout. (Some exceptions apply) Helen Frankenthaler Frankenthaler, Works on Paper 1949-1984 (Han...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Helen Frankenthaler Art

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Offset

Yellow Jack
By Helen Frankenthaler
Located in New York, NY
A very good impression of this large lithograph with strong colors and stencil on White Arches Cover paper. Signed, dated "'85-'87" and numbered 51/54 in pencil by Frankenthaler. Printed and published by Tyler Graphics...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Helen Frankenthaler Art

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Color, Lithograph, Stencil

Tribal Sign
By Helen Frankenthaler
Located in London, GB
Lithograph in colours, 1987, on TGL handmade paper, signed, dated and numbered in pencil, inscribed "PP II", a printer’s proof aside from the edition of 47, published by Tyler Graphi...
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1980s Abstract Helen Frankenthaler Art

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Handmade Paper, Lithograph

Solar Imp
By Helen Frankenthaler
Located in New York, NY
A very good impression of this color screenprint on cream wove paper. Signed and numbered 112/126 in pencil by Frankenthaler. Printed by Brand X Editions, Ltd., New York. Published b...
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Early 2000s Abstract Expressionist Helen Frankenthaler Art

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Color, Screen

Sun Corner /// Abstract Expressionism Helen Frankenthaler Female Post-War Modern
By Helen Frankenthaler
Located in Saint Augustine, FL
Artist: Helen Frankenthaler (American, 1928-2011) Title: "Sun Corner" Portfolio: The Metropolitan Scene *Signed, dated, and numbered by Frankenthaler (inscribed into the metal) lower right Year: 1968 Medium: Original Screenprint on core-filled, baked aluminum panel Limited edition: 17/50 Printer: Sheila Marbain of Maurel Studios, New York, NY Publisher: Tanglewood Press, New York, NY Reference: "Frankenthaler: A Catalogue Raisonné - Prints 1961-1994" - Harrison No. 12, page 90-91; Berggruen No. 13; Clark No. 13 Framing: Recently framed in a white maple moulding and conservation clear glass with frame-space. All archival Framed size: 37.38" x 37.38" Sheet size: 36.13" x 36.13" Image size: approx. 32" x 32" Condition: Faint crease upper right. Mild creasing lower right. Some light scuffmarks and scratches across sheet. In otherwise very good condition with strong colors Very rare Notes: Provenance: private collection - Upton, MA. Comes from the 1968 "The Metropolitan Scene" portfolio of 5 screenprints by various artists. Printed in four colors from four screens: blue, orange-red, green, and yellow. This is the third screenprint edition Frankenthaler ever made. "The Metropolitan Scene", a portfolio of prints by Richard Anuszkiewicz, Helen Frankenthaler, Adolph Gottlieb, Nicholas Krushenick, Roy Lichtenstein, and George Segal, was commissioned for a traveling exhibition organized by the Education Department of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY. The museum received ten Roman-numbered copies for this purpose. Tanglewood Press then released all but Gottlieb's print in numbered editions of fifty. (Gottlieb's contract with Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY, did not permit commercial release of his print by the publisher). "Air Frame" (cat. no. 6) was Frankenthaler's first silkscreen - a medium that Universal Limited Art Editions, West Islip, NY did not use, although it became increasingly popular for artists' prints, both in Europe and the United States, during the sixties. Several other silkscreens followed in the next few years: "Untitled" (cat no. 11), in 1967, and "Sun Corner" (cat. no. 12) by Tanglewood Press, New York, in 1968. - "What Red Lines Can Do" (cat. nos. 22-26) is a suite of silkscreens published by Multiples, Inc., at that time directed by Rosa Esman, in 1970. - (Harrison - page 19). Biography: Frankenthaler was an American abstract expressionist painter. She was a major contributor to the history of postwar American painting...
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1960s Abstract Expressionist Helen Frankenthaler Art

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Metal

Altitudes /// Abstract Expressionism Helen Frankenthaler Female Post-War Modern
By Helen Frankenthaler
Located in Saint Augustine, FL
Artist: Helen Frankenthaler (American, 1928-2011) Title: "Altitudes" *Signed, dated, and numbered by Frankenthaler in pencil lower right Year: 1978 Medium: Original Lithograph on light yellow-pink J.B. Green Hayle Mill Bodleian handmade paper Limited edition: 29/42 Printer: Bill Goldston and John A. Lund of Universal Limited Art Editions, West Islip, NY Publisher: Universal Limited Art Editions, West Islip, NY Reference: "Frankenthaler: A Catalogue Raisonné - Prints 1961-1994" - Harrison No. 72, page 264, 268-270; "ULAE" - Sparks No. 33, page 88, 323; Clark No. 67; Williams No. 67 Sheet size (irregular margins): 22.25" x 30.88" Condition: Remnants of previous mounting tape on verso. In excellent condition with strong colors Very rare Notes: Provenance: private collection - New York, NY; private collection - notable fashion illustrator Jay Hyde, Crawford, New York, NY; acquired from an art gallery in New York, NY; likely acquired directly from the publisher Universal Limited Art Editions, West Islip, NY. Lithograph drawn with tusche wash. Printed in two colors from two stones: red and green. Universal Limited Art Editions chop mark/blind stamp lower right. "Frankenthaler: A Catalogue Raisonné - Prints 1961-1994" - Harrison - "Frankenthaler carefully chose a European handmade paper that would add another color and texture to the print" ... "By contrast, in "Altitudes", the artist created a bleed image so that the sheet of paper is smaller than the stone's image and the large red tusche wash sweeps across the surface of the yellow-pink J.B. Green Hayle Mill Bodleian paper, becoming warmed and enhanced by its color and texture." "Universal Limited Art Editions - A History and Catalogue: The First Twenty-Five Years" - Sparks - "In "Bronze Smoke" (cat. no. 32), "Altitudes" (cat. no. 33), and "Door" (cat. no. 34), minimal compositions were replaced by fields of drifting, multilayered color, as rich and satisfying as her work on a much grander scale." Biography: Frankenthaler was an American abstract expressionist painter. She was a major contributor to the history of postwar American painting...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Helen Frankenthaler Art

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Handmade Paper, Lithograph

Causeway
By Helen Frankenthaler
Located in Santa Fe, NM
Printed by Universal Limited Art Editions. Edition 65 of 100
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Expressionist Helen Frankenthaler Art

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Etching, Aquatint

Flotilla, Abstract Expressionist Silkscreen by Helen Frankenthaler
By Helen Frankenthaler
Located in Long Island City, NY
This screenprint is a recreation of a painting of the same name by abstract expressionist artist Helen Frankenthaler. Flotilla is a small formation of warships, often in a naval cont...
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Early 2000s Abstract Expressionist Helen Frankenthaler Art

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Screen

Spring Run XVI
By Helen Frankenthaler
Located in New York, NY
Vivid color monotype by American Abstract Expressionist artist Helen Frankenthaler, signed by the artist in pencil, lower right. Printed and published in collaboration with Tyler Graphics...
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Late 20th Century Abstract Expressionist Helen Frankenthaler Art

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Monotype

"Parets" original colograph by Helen Frankenthaler
By Helen Frankenthaler
Located in Hinsdale, IL
Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011) "Parets" Collagraph drawn with Araldite glue, c. 1988 Printed in light burnt sienna from one steel plate, off white handmade paper Signed in lowe...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Helen Frankenthaler Art

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Mixed Media

Serigraph by Helen Frankenthaler Titled "Aerie", 2009
By Helen Frankenthaler
Located in Stamford, CT
"Aerie" by Helen Frankenthaler, Signed and with edition number 99/128. Sheet size is 29.5 x 38.75 inches, framed in a 12 karat white gold frame using acid free materials with UV plex...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Helen Frankenthaler Art

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Paper

Helen Frankenthaler Color Etching
By Helen Frankenthaler
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Ganymede, 1978 Etching with aquatint 9/49 Pencil signed and dated by the artist.       
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1970s North American Vintage Helen Frankenthaler Art

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Paper

Pranzo Italiano
By Helen Frankenthaler
Located in Tbilisi, GE
etching and aquatint in colors, on Fabriano paper, 1973, signed and dated in pencil, numbered on an edition of 43 (there were also three artist's proofs), published by 2RC Editrice, ...
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20th Century Contemporary Helen Frankenthaler Art

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Other Medium

Midnight
By Helen Frankenthaler
Located in New York, NY
DESCRIPTION aquatint and drypoint printed in colors, signed in pencil, dated, numbered 43/71 (total edition includes eight artist's proofs), on Magnani wove paper, with the blindstam...
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1980s Post-War Helen Frankenthaler Art

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Drypoint, Aquatint

Tribal Sign
By Helen Frankenthaler
Located in New York, NY
Tribal Sign, 1987 Signed and dated in pencil with publisher's blindstamp Eleven color lithograph on mauve TGL handmade paper Sheet: 24 x 18.5 inches Frame: 33 x 27 inches Edition 25 ...
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1980s Helen Frankenthaler Art

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Color, Lithograph

Snow Pines
By Helen Frankenthaler
Located in New York, NY
2004 Thirty-four color Ukiyo-e woodcut printed from 16 woodblocks on Torinoko paper and mounted onto Fabriano Classico paper Image/sheet: 37 1/2 x 26 inches Edition of 65 Signed and ...
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Early 2000s Abstract Expressionist Helen Frankenthaler Art

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Paper, Woodcut

Japanese Maple
By Helen Frankenthaler
Located in New York, NY
2005 Sixteen color Ukiyo-e style woodcut Image/sheet: 26 x 38 in. Edition of 50 Signed, dated and numbered in pencil, lower margin
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Early 2000s Abstract Expressionist Helen Frankenthaler Art

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Paper, Woodcut

Sudden Snow
By Helen Frankenthaler
Located in New York, NY
1987 Lithograph in colors, on wove paper Sheet: 31 5/8 x 23 1/2 in. Edition of 50 Signed, dated and numbered in pencil, lower margin
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Helen Frankenthaler Art

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Paper, Lithograph

Soho Dreams
By Helen Frankenthaler
Located in New York, NY
1987 Etching, aquatint and drypoint in colors, on wove paper Sheet: 15 3/4 x 18 3/4 in. Edition of 71 Signed, dated and numbered in pencil, lower margin
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Helen Frankenthaler Art

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Paper, Drypoint, Etching, Aquatint

Bronze Smoke
By Helen Frankenthaler
Located in New York, NY
1978 Lithograph in colors, on brown wove paper Sheet: 31 1/2 x 22 1/2 in. Edition of 38 Signed, dated and numbered in pencil, lower margin
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Helen Frankenthaler Art

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Paper, Lithograph

Weeping Crabapple
By Helen Frankenthaler
Located in New York, NY
2009 Thirty-one color Ukiyo-e style woodcut Image/sheet: 25 1/4 x 37 1/4 in. Edition of 50 Signed, dated and numbered in pencil, lower margin
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Early 2000s Abstract Expressionist Helen Frankenthaler Art

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Handmade Paper, Woodcut

Causeway
By Helen Frankenthaler
Located in New York, NY
An image of ethereal beauty, Helen Frankenthaler created Causeway in 2001 after a lifetime of experimentation with etching and aquatint.  Hand-signed, dated and numbered in pencil, t...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Helen Frankenthaler Art

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Etching, Aquatint

Soho Dreams
By Helen Frankenthaler
Located in New York, NY
1987 Color etching, aquatint, drypoint Sheet: 15 3/4 x 18 3/4 in. Edition of 71 Signed, dated and numbered in pencil, lower margin
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Helen Frankenthaler Art

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Drypoint, Etching, Aquatint

Bronze Smoke
By Helen Frankenthaler
Located in New York, NY
1978 Screenprint in colors Sheet: 31 1/2 x 22 1/2 in. Edition of 38 Signed, dated and numbered in pencil, lower margin
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Helen Frankenthaler Art

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Screen

Weeping Crabapple
By Helen Frankenthaler
Located in New York, NY
2009 Thirty-one color ukiyo-e woodcut Sheet: 25 1/4 x 37 1/4 in. (64.1 x 94.6 cm) Edition of 50 Signed, dated and numbered in pencil
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Early 2000s Abstract Expressionist Helen Frankenthaler Art

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Woodcut

Lilac Sweep
By Helen Frankenthaler
Located in New York, NY
2006 Lithograph in colors, on wove paper Sheet: 22 1/4 x 27 1/2 in. (56.5 x 69.9 cm) Edition of 35 Signed and numbered in pencil, lower margin Framed, excellent condition
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Early 2000s Abstract Expressionist Helen Frankenthaler Art

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Paper, Lithograph

Weeping Crabapple
By Helen Frankenthaler
Located in New York, NY
2009 Thirty-one color ukiyo-e woodcut 25 1/4 x 37 1/4 in. (64.1 x 94.6 cm) Edition of 50 Signed, dated and numbered in pencil Unframed, pristine condition
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Early 2000s Abstract Expressionist Helen Frankenthaler Art

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Woodcut

The Red Sea
By Helen Frankenthaler
Located in New York, NY
1978 Lithograph in colors, on pink handmade paper Sheet: 23 1/4 x 27 22/25 inches Edition of 58 Signed, dated and numbered in pencil Framed, mint condition
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Helen Frankenthaler Art

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Lithograph

Aerie
By Helen Frankenthaler
Located in New York, NY
Edition of 128 Signed and numbered in pencil
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Expressionist Helen Frankenthaler Art

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Screen

Helen Frankenthaler art for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a wide variety of authentic Helen Frankenthaler art available for sale on 1stDibs. If you’re browsing the collection of art to introduce a pop of color in a neutral corner of your living room or bedroom, you can find work that includes elements of orange, yellow, blue and other colors. You can also browse by medium to find art by Helen Frankenthaler in lithograph, paper, screen print and more. Much of the original work by this artist or collective was created during the 20th century and is mostly associated with the abstract style. Not every interior allows for large Helen Frankenthaler art, so small editions measuring 9 inches across are available. Customers who are interested in this artist might also find the work of Raymond Parker, John Chamberlain, and Richard Diebenkorn. Helen Frankenthaler art prices can differ depending upon medium, time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $880 and tops out at $85,000, while the average work can sell for $14,500.

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Questions About Helen Frankenthaler Art
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Helen Frankenthaler was known for her Abstract-expressionist art. She became well known for her 1952 painting Mountains and Sea. It was the first time she employed the soak-stain painting technique that would become a hallmark of her later work. You'll find a variety of Helen Frankenthaler art on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Helen Frankenthaler is an American abstract expressionist painter that was known for inventing a technique referred to as soak-stain. Soak staining is a process using thinned paint and raw canvas, similar to painting fabric. Shop a range of Helen Frankenthaler work on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Helen Frankenthaler mostly did paintings. The American artist's work reflects the characteristics of Abstract Expressionism. Mountains and Sea, Snow Pines, Aerie and Grey Fireworks are among her most famous paintings. You can find a range of Helen Frankenthaler art on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 1, 2024
    You can see Helen Frankenthaler paintings in a few places. Her works are part of the permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in California and the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia. In addition, the artist's paintings are often part of exhibitions around the world. Check the official website of the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation for upcoming dates and locations. On 1stDibs, find a collection of Helen Frankenthaler art.

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