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Helen Frankenthaler, American, 1928–2011
Acrylic on canvas
Made in
New York, New York, United States, North and Central America
Current Location
Not on view
93 1/8 x 61 in. (236.5 x 154.9 cm)
framed: 94 1/4 x 62 1/4 in. (239.4 x 158.1 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Louis and Mary Zorensky
© 2013 Estate of Helen Frankenthaler / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Object Number
Inspired by Jackson Pollock’s technique of working directly on the floor, Helen Frankenthaler poured washes of thinned paint directly onto raw, unstretched canvas. The resulting forms—broad, yet carefully controlled areas of color that flood across the surface of the canvas—reveal her interest in chromatic interaction as well as the painterly gesture. The tiny area of orange at the top of the painting, for example, bursts out from the great expanse of blue beneath it.
1969 - 1974
Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011), New York, NY, USA

1974 - 2006
Mary Gendler Zorensky and Louis Isaac Zorensky (d.2005), St. Louis, MO, purchased from the artist [1]

2006 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, given by Mary G. Zorensky [2]

[1] Mr. and Mrs. Zorensky purchased the painting directly from the artist. The invoice dated April 15, 1974 is on Frankenthaler's letterhead, with a handwritten note "Paid in full" initialed by the artist [copy, SLAM document files]. Photographs provided by the donor, dated March 1974, show the painting in the artist's studio [SLAM document files].

[2] Deed of gift signed by the donor's daughter, Irene Fowle, August 23, 2006 [SLAM document files]. Minutes of the Collections Committee of the Board of Trustees, Saint Louis Art Museum, September 26, 2006.
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