Helen Frankenthaler 1928 - 2011

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Helen Frankenthaler - Untitled
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Post-War to Present
March 2024
Christies, New York
Est.: 50.000 - 70.000 USD
Realised: not available
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Helen Frankenthaler - Comet
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Prints & MultiplesAbstractions
February 2024
Bonhams, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 3.000 - 5.000 USD
Realised: not available
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Helen Frankenthaler - Skywriting
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Prints & MultiplesAbstractions
February 2024
Bonhams, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 2.000 - 3.000 USD
Realised: 17.920 USD
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Helen Frankenthaler - Grey Fireworks (Poster)
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Deck the WallsPrints & Multiples
December 2023
Bonhams, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 200 - 400 USD
Realised: 256 USD
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Helen Frankenthaler - Deep Sun
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Graphic Century
November 2023
Christies, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 5.000 - 7.000 USD
Realised: 8.820 USD
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Helen Frankenthaler - Alchemy
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Post-War & Contemporary Art
November 2023
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 2.000.000 - 3.000.000 USD
Realised: 2.964.500 USD
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Helen Frankenthaler - Fire
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20th Century & Contemporary Art, Evening Sale Part II
November 2023
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 2.000.000 - 3.000.000 USD
Realised: 2.480.000 USD
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Helen Frankenthaler - Untitled
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Post-War & Contemporary Art Day Sale
November 2023
Christies, New York
Est.: 120.000 - 180.000 USD
Realised: 163.800 USD
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Helen Frankenthaler - Archangel
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Post-War & Contemporary Art Day Sale
November 2023
Christies, New York
Est.: 700.000 - 1.000.000 USD
Realised: 1.381.000 USD
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Helen Frankenthaler - Sunshine
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Post-War & Contemporary Art Day Sale
November 2023
Christies, New York
Est.: 350.000 - 550.000 USD
Realised: 529.200 USD
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Helen Frankenthaler - Watch
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session
November 2023
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 200.000 - 300.000 USD
Realised: 304.800 USD
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Helen Frankenthaler - Hermes (H. 166)
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Editions & Works on Paper
October 2023
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 30.000 - 50.000 USD
Realised: 73.660 USD
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The artist Helen Frankenthaler

  • US-American artist of abstract expressionism and colour field painting.
  • Her painting technique was inspired by Pollock's Action Painting.
  • Taught at Yale University in New Haven until the end of the 1980s.

Helen Frankenthaler, born 12 December 1928 in New York City, died 27 December 2011 in Darien, Connecticut, was an American artist of colour field painting and abstract expressionism.
Frankenthaler primarily used oil for her well-known stain method, which was artfully reminiscent of ink and watercolour drawings. Early on, she was inspired by avant-garde artists such as Jackson Pollock and therefore proceeded in the same way as with action painting: She laid the canvas on the floor and let the paint run over it. Her most important work Moutain and Sea (1952) was also created in this way.

Later, she is said to have convinced the two artists Morris Louis and Kenneth Noland of the technique as well - both were among her circle of acquaintances at the height of her creative period and served as a source of inspiration for her at the beginning of her career. Stylistically, Frankenthaler's works are regarded as border crossers between the abstract expressionism of the 1950s and the colour field painting of the 1960s. The artist grew up in New York as the daughter of Supreme Court Judge Alfred Frankenthaler. From the age of 17, the well-off young woman took private painting lessons at the Dalton School with the renowned Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo.

In 1946 she attended Bennington College in Vermont, after which she studied at the Educational Institute of the Art Students League of New York until 1949. From 1950, she again studied privately with the painter and art professor Hans Hofmann. In addition, she studied art history at Columbia University with the well-known art historian Meyer Schapiro. At the end of the decade she came into contact with important representatives of New York avant-garde art such as Jackson Pollock or Robert Motherwell, her later husband.

Later, Frankenthaler herself received a teaching position at Yale University in New Haven, which she held until the end of the 1980s. In the course of her life, the abstract artist was elected a member of various honorary societies and associations: in 1974 she became part of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, in 1991 of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 1994 of the National Academy of Design. Frankenthaler died on 27 December 2011, two weeks after her 83rd birthday, in Darien, Conneticut.

Die Künstlerin Helen Frankenthaler

  • US-amerikanische Künstlerin des abstrakten Expressionismus und der Farbfeldmalerei.
  • Ließ sich bei ihrer Maltechnik von Pollocks Action Painting inspirieren.
  • Unterrichtete bis zum Ende der 1980er-Jahre an der Yale University in New Haven.

Helen Frankenthaler, geb. 12.12.1928 in New York City, gest. 27.12.2011 in Darien, Connecticut, war eine US-amerikanische Künstlerin der Farbfeldmalerei sowie des abstrakten Expressionismus. Frankenthaler nutzte für ihre bekannte Fleckenmethode vorrangig Öl, das in kunstvoller Weise an Tusche- und Aquarellzeichnungen erinnern ließ. Schon früh ließ sie sich von avantgardistischen Künstlern wie Jackson Pollock inspirieren und ging daher wie beim Action Painting vor: Sie legte die Leinwand auf den Boden und ließ die Farbe darüber laufen. Auch ihre bedeutendste Arbeit Moutain and Sea (1952) entstand auf diese Weise.

Später soll sie die beiden Künstler Morris Louis und Kenneth Noland ebenfalls von der Technik überzeugt haben – beide zählten zur Hochzeit ihrer Schaffensphase zu ihrem Bekanntenkreis und dienten ihr zu Beginn ihrer Karriere als Inspirationsquelle. Stilistisch gelten Frankenthalers Werke als Grenzgänger zwischen dem abstrakten Expressionismus der 1950er- und der Farbfeldmalerei der 1960er-Jahre. Die Künstlerin wuchs in New York als Tochter des Supreme-Court-Richters Alfred Frankenthaler auf. Ab einem Alter von 17 Jahren nahm die gut situierte junge Frau privaten Malunterricht an der Dalton School beim renommierten mexikanischen Künstler Rufino Tamayo.

1946 besuchte sie das Bennington College in Vermont, anschließend studierte sie bis 1949 beim Bildungsinstitut des Vereins der Art Students League of New York. Ab 1950 folgte erneuter Privatunterricht beim Maler und Kunstprofessor Hans Hofmann. Daneben studierte sie beim bekannten Kunsthistoriker Meyer Schapiro Kunstgeschichte an der Columbia University. Ende des Jahrzehnts kam sie mit bedeutenden Vertretern des New Yorker Avantgardismus wie Jackson Pollock oder Robert Motherwell, ihrem späteren Ehemann, in Kontakt.

Später erhielt Frankenthaler selbst einen Lehrauftrag an der Yale University in New Haven, den sie bis zum Ende der 1980er-Jahre ausführte. Im Laufe ihres Lebens wurde die abstrakte Künstlerin zum Mitglied verschiedener Ehrengesellschaften und Vereinigungen gekürt: 1974 wurde sie Teil der American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1991 der American Academy of Arts and Sciences und 1994 der National Academy of Design. Frankenthaler starb am 27. Dezember 2011, zwei Wochen nach ihrem 83. Geburtstag, in Darien, Conneticut.

Helen Frankenthaler - Soho Dreams, from Broome Street Series (H. 124)
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Editions & Works on Paper
October 2023
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 5.000 - 7.000 USD
Realised: 9.525 USD
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Helen Frankenthaler - Skywriting
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Prints & Multiples
October 2023
Bonhams, London
Est.: 6.000 - 8.000 USD
Realised: 24.320 USD
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Helen Frankenthaler - West Wind
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Prints & Multiples
October 2023
Bonhams, London
Est.: 6.000 - 8.000 USD
Realised: 12.800 USD
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Helen Frankenthaler - La Sardana
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Prints & Multiples
October 2023
Bonhams, London
Est.: 6.000 - 8.000 USD
Realised: 7.040 USD
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Helen Frankenthaler - East and Beyond
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Prints & Multiples
October 2023
Bonhams, London
Est.: 10.000 - 15.000 USD
Realised: 23.040 USD
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Helen Frankenthaler - Orange Hoop
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Prints & Multiples
October 2023
Bonhams, London
Est.: 2.500 - 3.500 USD
Realised: 3.200 USD
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Helen Frankenthaler - Air Frame
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Prints & Multiples
October 2023
Bonhams, London
Est.: 2.000 - 3.000 USD
Realised: 4.096 USD
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Helen Frankenthaler - Skywriting
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Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples
October 2023
Bonhams, Paris
Est.: 5.000 - 7.000 USD
Realised: 23.040 USD
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Helen Frankenthaler - Nepenthe
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Prints and Multiples
September 2023
Christies, Hong Kong (Online Auction)
Est.: 3.000 - 5.000 GBP
Realised: 10.080 GBP
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Helen Frankenthaler - Divertimento
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Prints and Multiples
September 2023
Christies, Hong Kong (Online Auction)
Est.: 2.000 - 3.000 GBP
Realised: 9.450 GBP
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Helen Frankenthaler - Walking Rain
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Prints and Multiples
September 2023
Christies, Hong Kong (Online Auction)
Est.: 3.000 - 5.000 GBP
Realised: 8.820 GBP
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Helen Frankenthaler - Barcelona
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Post-War to Present
September 2023
Christies, London
Est.: 600.000 - 800.000 USD
Realised: 831.600 USD
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