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HELEN FRANKENTHALER (1928-2011)

 
Helen Frankenthaler was one of the most important members of the Abstract Expressionists and pioneer within the Color Field movement. Her facility to control paint to stain unprimed canvas allowed her to explore the possibilities of texture, color, and composition.
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<br>Despite the free-flowing nature of her canvas, this small piece shows Frankenthaler’s skill with composition, showing a sense of intimacy and immediacy through its repurposing of a menu. The work does not completely obscure the text but rather incorporates and interacts with it from the field of blue to the meditative red circle to the dabs of white, green, and yellow. Hans Namuth was a German photographer who captured Jackson Pollock and other Abstract Expressionist painters. A photograph by Namuth of Frankenthaler is in the National Portrait Gallery (Washington, DC). Helen Frankenthaler was one of the most important members of the Abstract Expressionists and pioneer within the Color Field movement. Her facility to control paint to stain unprimed canvas allowed her to explore the possibilities of texture, color, and composition.
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<br>Despite the free-flowing nature of her canvas, this small piece shows Frankenthaler’s skill with composition, showing a sense of intimacy and immediacy through its repurposing of a menu. The work does not completely obscure the text but rather incorporates and interacts with it from the field of blue to the meditative red circle to the dabs of white, green, and yellow. Hans Namuth was a German photographer who captured Jackson Pollock and other Abstract Expressionist painters. A photograph by Namuth of Frankenthaler is in the National Portrait Gallery (Washington, DC). Helen Frankenthaler was one of the most important members of the Abstract Expressionists and pioneer within the Color Field movement. Her facility to control paint to stain unprimed canvas allowed her to explore the possibilities of texture, color, and composition.
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<br>Despite the free-flowing nature of her canvas, this small piece shows Frankenthaler’s skill with composition, showing a sense of intimacy and immediacy through its repurposing of a menu. The work does not completely obscure the text but rather incorporates and interacts with it from the field of blue to the meditative red circle to the dabs of white, green, and yellow. Hans Namuth was a German photographer who captured Jackson Pollock and other Abstract Expressionist painters. A photograph by Namuth of Frankenthaler is in the National Portrait Gallery (Washington, DC). Helen Frankenthaler was one of the most important members of the Abstract Expressionists and pioneer within the Color Field movement. Her facility to control paint to stain unprimed canvas allowed her to explore the possibilities of texture, color, and composition.
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<br>Despite the free-flowing nature of her canvas, this small piece shows Frankenthaler’s skill with composition, showing a sense of intimacy and immediacy through its repurposing of a menu. The work does not completely obscure the text but rather incorporates and interacts with it from the field of blue to the meditative red circle to the dabs of white, green, and yellow. Hans Namuth was a German photographer who captured Jackson Pollock and other Abstract Expressionist painters. A photograph by Namuth of Frankenthaler is in the National Portrait Gallery (Washington, DC). Helen Frankenthaler was one of the most important members of the Abstract Expressionists and pioneer within the Color Field movement. Her facility to control paint to stain unprimed canvas allowed her to explore the possibilities of texture, color, and composition.
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<br>Despite the free-flowing nature of her canvas, this small piece shows Frankenthaler’s skill with composition, showing a sense of intimacy and immediacy through its repurposing of a menu. The work does not completely obscure the text but rather incorporates and interacts with it from the field of blue to the meditative red circle to the dabs of white, green, and yellow. Hans Namuth was a German photographer who captured Jackson Pollock and other Abstract Expressionist painters. A photograph by Namuth of Frankenthaler is in the National Portrait Gallery (Washington, DC). Helen Frankenthaler was one of the most important members of the Abstract Expressionists and pioneer within the Color Field movement. Her facility to control paint to stain unprimed canvas allowed her to explore the possibilities of texture, color, and composition.
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<br>Despite the free-flowing nature of her canvas, this small piece shows Frankenthaler’s skill with composition, showing a sense of intimacy and immediacy through its repurposing of a menu. The work does not completely obscure the text but rather incorporates and interacts with it from the field of blue to the meditative red circle to the dabs of white, green, and yellow. Hans Namuth was a German photographer who captured Jackson Pollock and other Abstract Expressionist painters. A photograph by Namuth of Frankenthaler is in the National Portrait Gallery (Washington, DC). Helen Frankenthaler was one of the most important members of the Abstract Expressionists and pioneer within the Color Field movement. Her facility to control paint to stain unprimed canvas allowed her to explore the possibilities of texture, color, and composition.
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<br>Despite the free-flowing nature of her canvas, this small piece shows Frankenthaler’s skill with composition, showing a sense of intimacy and immediacy through its repurposing of a menu. The work does not completely obscure the text but rather incorporates and interacts with it from the field of blue to the meditative red circle to the dabs of white, green, and yellow. Hans Namuth was a German photographer who captured Jackson Pollock and other Abstract Expressionist painters. A photograph by Namuth of Frankenthaler is in the National Portrait Gallery (Washington, DC).
Menu from Hans Namuth's Dinner Party19898 1/4 x 10 3/4 in.(20.96 x 27.31 cm) mixed media on menu
Provenance
Gil Wintering, Gift of Artist
Sale: Swann Auction Galleries, Contemporary Art, November 20, 2008, Sale 2164, Lot 58
Private Collection, Florida
Helen Frankenthaler was one of the most important members of the Abstract Expressionists and pioneer within the Color Field movement. Her facility to control paint to stain unprimed canvas allowed her to explore the possibilities of texture, color, and composition.

Despite the free-flowing nature of her canvas, this small piece shows Frankenthaler’s skill with composition, showing a sense of intimacy and immediacy through its repurposing of a menu. The work does not completely obscure the text but rather incorporates and interacts with it from the field of blue to the meditative red circle to the dabs of white, green, and yellow. Hans Namuth was a German photographer who captured Jackson Pollock and other Abstract Expressionist painters. A photograph by Namuth of Frankenthaler is in the National Portrait Gallery (Washington, DC).
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