Was an american abstract expressionist painter, considered one of the most important american artist of the XX century.
Trained by the mexican artist Rufino Tamayo.
She worked with a technique, known as "soak stain" which consists of heavily diluting the oil paint with turpentine so that the color would soak into the canvas, giving it the effect of watercolor, a technique also used by Jackson Pollock.
"A really good picture looks as if it's happened at once. It's an immediate image. For my own work, when a picture looks labored and overworked, and you can read in it—well, she did this and then she did that, and then she did that—there is something in it that has not got to do with beautiful art to me. And I usually throw these out, though I think very often it takes ten of those over-labored efforts to produce one really beautiful wrist motion that is synchronized with your head and heart, and you have it, and therefore it looks as if it were born in a minute."
Frankenthaler (New York: Harry N Abrams, inc 1975, p.85)
Helen Frankenthaler, died yesterday, so this post is for her.
She left us her beautifull work.