Illustration (TOP): ALMOND, by Helen Frankenthaler, 1968, (More below).

"There are no rules. That is how art is born,
how breakthroughs happen. Go against the rules or ignore the rules —
that is what invention is about." ~ Helen Frankenthaler
The following BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES are edited and adapted from Wikipedia.

Helen Frankenthaler was born on December 12, 1928 in New York City (died 2011). Her father was Alfred Frankenthaler, a respected New York State Supreme Court judge. Her mother, Martha (Lowenstein), emigrated with her family from Germany to the United States shortly after Helen was born.

Frankenthaler (her photo right, 1969) studied at the Dalton School under muralist Rufino Tamayo and also at Bennington College in Vermont. While at Bennington College, Frankenthaler studied under the direction of Paul Feeley, who is credited with helping her understand pictorial composition, as well as influencing her early cubist-derived style. Upon her graduation in 1949, she studied privately with Australian-born painter Wallace Harrison, and with Hans Hofmann in 1950. She was later married to fellow artist Robert Motherwell (1915–1991), from 1958 until they divorced in 1971.

Frankenthaler had also been on the faculty of Hunter College, and had a number of retrospectives including at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and European tour, in 1969.

Click mages of Frankentaler's work below to enlarge in separate windows.
(Rest cursor on thumbnails here to see the dates, spanning 1953-1997).


February's Turn

The Bay


Tutti Fruiti


Summer Insignia

Movable Blue

Weather Change

Two Pink Shells

The Human Edge

Indian Summer

Sun Corner

South West Blues


Whitney Poster, Litho

A Little Zen

What Red lines Can Do


Lilac Arbor


Square One

Spring Bank 2

Seeing the Moon Hot Day

Lush Spring

Towards Dark

Where Necessary


Sky Writing

Helen Frankenthaler at Work in Her Studio, 1969

Compare at this site with NATURAL ABSTRACTION in the art of Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986)
(including illustrations with notes on O'Keeffe's feminism and Zen Buddhism)
see also DADA & Sophie Taeuber-Arp
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