"I have always been concerned with painting that simultaneously insists on a flat surface and then denies it."
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"I had no desire to copy Pollock. I didn’t want to take a stick and dip it in a can of enamel. I needed something more liquid, watery, thinner. All my life, I have been drawn to water and translucency. I love the water; I love to swim, to watch changing seascapes. One of my favorite childhood games was to fill a sink with water and punt nail polish into to see what happened when the colors burst up the surface, merging into each other as floating, changing shapes." - Helen FrankenthalerHer paintings looked like watercolors, but were created with oils. To achieve the effect, she heavily diluted her oil paints with turpentine, then dripped them onto an unprimed canvas on the floor, in a brushless technique reminiscent of Jackson Pollock's, called a "soak stain." But where Pollock's paint was often thick and sat on top of the canvas, hers drenched it in color, creating a unique, softer work. Ms. Frankenthaler passed away today, at the age of 83, after a long illness.
Artnet has additional images of her work. Additional links can be found at Against the Grain. Her piece Nature Abhors a Vacuum is part of the permanent collection at the US National Gallery of Art.
Biography / Profiles / Reviews at The Art Story, The Jewish Women's Archive, The Wall Street Journal. The quote at the top of this post is from Wikiquote.
More on "Color Field" artwork, whose second generation she helped inspire.
Additional Obituaries: The Gallerist, Associated Press,
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