Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Remembering Helen Frankenthaler

I learned the sad news of the death of abstract expressionist painter, Helen Frankenthaler, yesterday on Liza's blog, Postcards from Colorado. I saw it there, even before I had seen it in the New York Times. I have spent the day today reading about this remarkable artist, whose work has influenced so many others. She died at the age of 83 Tuesday morning, but  was a mere 23 years old, when she painted her breakthrough painting 
" Mountains and Sea". She continued to work prolifically until her death, recently completing one of her largest paintings to date, inspired by a visit she had made to Nova Scotia. Frankenthaler created her own unique style, of pouring thinned acrylic paint onto canvas, & is often credited as being the founder of the color field movement. 

Other beautiful tributes to Frankenthaler can be seen here & here,
or in her own words in the video below.


  1. Sally - I loved watching that video. Thank you. I'm still sad and still looking at her work!

  2. Thanks so much for this complete posting of information. I have read most of what you refer us to. Have always loved Frankenthaler's work.. extraordinary!
    Happy New Year to you....

  3. I don't know this woman's work -- I feel as though I should. What you have shown here and the links you've shared reveal something so amazing. What a loss she is to the art world.