Tuesday, December 27, 2011

R.I.P. Helen Frankenthaler 1928-2011

Helen Frankenthaler was a pioneer in the abstract scene in the 50's and 60's as she created the method of "soak staining", in which she would pour paint onto an unprimed canvas, thin it down with turpentine, and it would soak and bleed into and around the canvas, beautifully. Frankenthaler was a artist's, artist. She was art smart, and she did not limit herself to one artform. She embraced printmaking, creating woodcuts, aquatints, and lithographs that rivaled her painting in craftsmanship. Many people seem to think artists need to focus on one form of art, because they think we need to put all of our energy there. I don't agree, because burn out is a problem if you don't take a break from the monotony of daily work, of any form. Frankenthaler proved you can be successful in several different forms of art, and I respect for her for that. She was 83 years old.

 Her use of color is just insane...

A woodblock print in gorgeous, rich, blues...

  Dreamy, ethereal, beautiful colors, no one compares. 

Via- The Art Story

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