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.
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