03 January 2012

Artist Spotlight: Helen Frankenthaler


A Green Thought in a Green Shade, 1981 (source unknown)
(source unknown)

Helen Frankenthaler

December 12, 1928 - December 27, 2011


One of the world's most celebrated painters, Helen Frankenthaler, has died at the age of 83. 

The artist was known as an Abstract Expressionist painter. She was famous for her method of pouring diluted acrylic paint onto large un-primed canvases. Ms. Frankenthaler also created woodblock prints, after learning the traditional printing technique in Japan. Her work spanned several decades and has been exhibited worldwide. (source)

Art critic Barbara Rose wrote in 1972 of Ms. Frankenthaler’s gift for “the freedom, spontaneity, openness and complexity of an image, not exclusively of the studio or the mind, but explicitly and intimately tied to nature and human emotions." (source)

2 comments:

Kendall said...

Stunning.

Style Maniac said...

I am sorry to say I had not heard of her. How sad. Her work is so lovely -- especially that first one, Snow Pines. Gorgeous.