Detail View

Solarium
Date: 1964
Culture: American
Dimensions: sheet: 25 3/4 x 19 1/2 in. (65.4 x 49.5 cm) image: 18 x 14 in. (45.7 x 35.6 cm)
Medium: lithograph
Credit Line: Bequest of Charlotte Collins from the Charles and Charlotte Collins Collection
Label Text: Primarily a painter, Helen Frankenthaler poured color over unprimed canvas, allowing it to soak into the flesh of the canvas. Known as an Abstract Expressionist, her dynamic gestures, bold application of color, and spontaneous processes make the paint itself the subject of the work. Frankenthaler’s stains feel weightless, drawing depth into her compositions. In Solarium her celestial swath of blue is, ironically, anchored by the unprinted white of the paper. Frankenthaler pioneered painters’ experimentation with printmaking, which became quite popular with many other painters.
Object Number: 2009.21
Currently not on view