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Deep Sun

Frankenthaler, Helen

Deep Sun

etching with aquatint, drypoint, engraving & mezzotint on paper, ed. 49/54

1994 Purchase funded by The Collectors Club

A native of New York City, Helen Frankenthaler did not become immersed in New York's avant-garde art scene until early adulthood. After seeing an exhibition of Jackson Pollock's work, Frankenthaler began to experiment with Abstract Expressionism. She developed a technique of painting where she stained unprimed canvas with diluted oil paint. The layered areas of color she achieved differed from Pollock's drip paintings in that her work was based on real or imagined landscapes. Mostly recognized as a painter, Frankenthaler has produced a large body of work in the field of printmaking. In "Deep Sun" Frankethaler combined several complex printmaking techniques to produce dense layers of color in a composition that resembles a landscape at sunset.