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Helen Frankenthaler

            Helen FrankenthalerA form of art called abstract expressionism is a form of art in which the artist expresses ones self purely through the use of form and color.In abstract expressionism, the art really has no concrete shape, but is made up of purely form and color. Helen Frankenthaler was an abstract expressionist who revolutionized a new technique of canvas painting, and started a brand new generation of unique artists.
             Helen Frankenthaler was born in 1928 in Manhattan, New York. Helen attended Dalton School, which is located in New York. During high school, Helen studied with such artists as Rufino Tamayo, and later with Hans Hofmann. Helen Frankenthaler attended Bennington College. Helen Frankenthaler was also married to another abstract expressionist, Robert Motherwell, from 1958 to 1971. Helen opened a studio in New York, and was being trained under her mentor, Clement Greenberg, and art critic, who showered her off to the mojority of the 1950's artists, including but not limited too, Pollock and De Kooning. These two artists in particular subjected her to inspirations such as the gestural technique, also known as Action Painting.
             The technique she created was one of greatness. Instead of painting on a primed canvas as was the usual technique, she took an unprimed canvas or other surface, still unprimed, and dumped paint all over it! She then allowed it to sit and soak, therefore staining the canvas. This technique became the epitome of her style, what she was nationally renowned for as an American artist. With her refined art style, she made a lasting effect on the art society as a whole,and she drew up a large crowed of future generation artists, that would come to be known as the Color Feild painters. .
             Early in her career, Frankenthaler began with oils, but as she moved through into the 1960's, she expanded her horizons to acrylics. In the 1970's she started using woodcuts, color prints, and sculpture in her media inventory.

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