Helen Frankenthaler - Variation II on Mauve Corner
Helen Frankenthaler - Variation II on Mauve Corner
Helen Frankenthaler - Variation II on Mauve Corner
Helen Frankenthaler - Variation II on Mauve Corner

Helen Frankenthaler - Variation II on Mauve Corner

Regular price $4,500.00
Helen Frankenthaler
Variation II on Mauve Corner
1969
Lithograph with hand additions in yellow acrylic
Edition 3 of 3, aside from an edition of 21
20” x 25”
Published by Universal Limited Art Editions, New York

I am delighted to offer this Color Lithograph with hand embellishments in yellow acrylic from American artist Helen Frankenthaler. Frankenthaler (1928 - 2011) was an abstract painter who helped shape an influential art movement of the mid-20th century and would become one of the most admired artists of her generation.

Frankenthaler developed a method of painting known as Color Field (the art critic Clement Greenberg referred to it as Post-Painterly Abstraction) that would be highly influential on the second-generation of Abstract Expressionists such as Morris Louis and Kenneth Noland. In her Color Field paintings, Frankenthaler would use thinned paint that would soak into the canvas and become one with it, emphasizing the flat surface as opposed to the drip technique that emphasized layers and depth made most famous by the artist Jackson Pollock. 

Frankenthaler would additionally be extremely influential in the world of printmaking. She produced her first print in 1961 and would continue to produce inventive lithographs and woodcuts throughout the rest of her career. Offered here is Variation II on Mauve Corner from 1969, a color lithograph printed from four stones with hand additions in yellow acrylic. Produced aside from an edition of 21, this is one of only 3 examples in which the artist added the yellow in acrylic. Variation II on Mauve Corner is a prime example of how Frankenthaler was able to duplicate the vibrant colors and amorphous forms of her own paintings in her print work.

Frankenethaler’s work can be found in museum collections throughout the world. This particular example can also be found in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. 

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