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    HELEN FRANKENTHALER (American, b. 1928)
    Essence Mulberry, 1977
    Woodcut in colors
    Ed. 37/46
    Signed lower right: Frankenthaler '77
    Embossed lower right with Tyler Graphics Ltd. blindstamp
    39 x 18-1/2 inches (99.1 x 47.0 cm)

    LITERATURE:
    P. Harrison, Frankenthaler: A Catalog Raisonné, Prints 1961-1994, New York, 1996, no. 57.


    More Information: American post-painterly abstraction artist who was influenced by Jackson Pollock's paintings and by the art and literary critic Clement Greenberg.  She was introduced to the New York art scene by Greenberg and spent the summer of 1950 studying with Hans Hofman. Frankenthaler gained wide recognition with her 1952 painting, "Mountains and Sea."  With this large painting she achieved a watercolor effect by using oils diluted in kerosene or turpentine and by painting directly onto an unprimed canvas.  The technique, known as "soak stain" was adopted by other artists and launched a second generation in Color Field painting.  In this way she was able to transform elements of nature into abstract shapes and color.  Later in her career, her technique evolved from staining to "flooding" the canvases with color, the result of switching to acrylic paint. 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.

    Condition Report*:

    Creases and rippling throughout.  Otherwise in very good condition.  Not examined outside frame.

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