Helen Frankenthaler's Influences
This paper discusses the influences on the work of Helen Frankenthaler, a second-generation Abstraction Expressionist painter who played a role in the development of Color Field painting. The paper specifically examines the influences of Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso, Arshile Gorky, Willem de Kooning, and Jackson Pollock. "Mountains and Sea" and other works by Frankenthaler are analyzed. It is argued that the artist took the various influences on her work and transformed them into something new.
Introduction The first generation of Abstract Expressionism which began in the s is associated with the work of the New York-based painters... more
Introduction The first generation of Abstract Expressionism which began in the s is associated with the work of the New York-based painters JacksonPollock and Willem de Kooning among others The second generation of thismovement began in the early s and led to a new approach known as ColorField painting In contrast to the aggressive methods and style found inAbstract Expressionism Color Field painting is characterized by surfacesof pure color Helen Frankenthaler was a strong force in the secondgeneration of Abstract Expressionist artists