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Helen Frankenthaler

Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011), born in New York City, was an American painter, printmaker, and sculptor who was a key figure in Post-War American Abstract Expressionism. She is best known for her development of a signature stained painting technique that launched the second generation of Color Field school of painting. She studied art at the Dalton School in New York followed by the Bennington College in Vermont.  In the 1950s, she began to experiment with putting thinned paint directly on untreated canvas, creating the effect of a large watercolor, as in her seminal work Mountains and Sea (1952).  Her poured works are often based on real or imaginary landscapes.

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