American, born 1928
Acrylic on canvas
44 x 104 in. (111.8 x 264.2 cm)
Purchase, Margaret Emerson Fund, 1966 (3386.1)
A pioneer in the development of color field painting, Helen Frankenthaler adopted from the abstract expressionist painter Jackson Pollock the technique of pouring pigment on a large expanse of unstretched canvas laid on the floor. By initially saturating her unprimed support with oil and subsequently with acrylic paints Frankenthaler eliminated the painterly brushstroke technique of earlier artists and created buoyant, spontaneous, color-filled abstractions. Her panoramas of light and color begun in the 1950s exerted a strong influence on other artists such as Morris Louis.