Helen Frankenthaler

Born in 1928 - United States


Helen Frankenthaler is a painter born on Decembre 12, 1928 in New York and died on December 27, 2011 in Darien, Connecticut. She studied painting and drawing at the Dalton School with Mexican painter Rufino Tamayo, before joining the Bennington College in 1946, where she was taught by painter Paul Feeley who taught him the bases of Cubism. During the 50s, she worked besides artists such as David Smith, Jackson Pollock, Willem and Elaine de Kooning, Franz Klinea.

Influenced by Cubism for a longtime, her work is marked by abstract Expressionism and more particularly by Color-Field painting. She also uses the technique of "Color Stain" (stained color, according to art historian Sam Hunter), poured directly on the support.

Her work was the object of a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art of New York city in 1989. In 1993, it was the National Gallery of Art of Washington that exhibited her work. Her work is also present in institutions in Australia and Germany. In 2002, she received the National Medal of Arts by Georges Bush.

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En 1952, elle expose la peinture qui la rend célèbre : Mountains and Sea. Ses influences sont Jackson Pollock, Hans Hofmann, Willem de Kooning, Rufino Tamayo, ainsi que Clement Greenberg lui-même.
En 1958, elle épouse le peintre Robert Motherwell ; ils divorcent en 1971.
En 1989, elle fait l'objet d'une vaste rétrospective au Musée d'Art Moderne (MoMA) à New York City.
Elle se marie en 1994 avec le banquier Stephen M. DuBrul Jr.

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