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Helen Frankenthaler

Frankenthaler in 1956
Born (1928-12-12)December 12, 1928
Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Died December 27, 2011(2011-12-27) (aged 83)
Darien, Connecticut, United States
Nationality American
Education Dalton School
Bennington College
Known for Abstract painting
Notable work Mountains and Sea
Movement Abstract Expressionism, Color Field painting, Lyrical Abstraction

We would sift through every inch of what it was that worked, or if it didn't, and wonder what was effective in it, in terms of paint, the subject matter, the size, the drawing.
Helen Frankenthaler
There are no rules. That is how art is born, how breakthroughs happen. Go against the rules or ignore the rules. That is what invention is about.
Helen Frankenthaler
I wanted things that I couldn't at times articulate.
Whatever the medium, there is the difficulty, challenge, fascination and often productive clumsiness of learning a new method: the wonderful puzzles and problems of translating with new materials.
Helen Frankenthaler
The question of sex will take care of itself.
You have to know how to use the accident, how to recognise it, how to control it, and ways to eliminate it so that the whole surface looks felt and born all at once.
Helen Frankenthaler
The landscapes were in my arms as I did it.
A really good picture looks as if it's happened at once. It's an immediate image.
Helen Frankenthaler
One really beautiful wrist motion, that is synchronised with your head and heart, and you have it. It looks as if it were born in a minute.
Helen Frankenthaler