Well known abstract expressionist and later Color Field painter Helen Frankenthaler passed away in her home in Darien Connecticut on December 27th at the age of 83. Frankenthaler was known for her “soak stain” technique of painting, where she thinned down acrylic paint and poured it directly onto large, unprimed canvases which were spread out on the floor of her studio.
Through her friendship with noted art critic Clement Greenberg, Frankenthaler met many New York School of painters including Jackson Pollock and Robert Motherwell, who she would later marry and divorce. Gaining much attention in the mid-1960s, she was included in the show “Post-Painterly Abstraction” which was curated by Greenberg and also included artists Kenneth Noland, Sam Francis, Willem de Kooning and Ellsworth Kelly. Frankenthaler went on to have major retrospectives at the Whitney Museum of Art in 1969 and the Museum of Modern Art in 1989.
Frankenthaler is survived by her second husband Stephen M. DuBrul Jr. (they were married in 1994), two stepchildren from her marriage to Motherwell and six nephews and nieces.