Unique painted book cover #32 in a series of 62
Oil on linen, 10 7/8 x 11 3/8 x 1 1/2 inches
Perfect condition, framed in plexiglass box
Signed on spine; signed & numbered on inside cover
New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, “Helen Frankenthaler: Sixty-Two Painted Book Covers,” May-October 1973
Helen Frankenthaler (American 1928–2011), whose career spanned six decades, has long been recognized as one of the great American artists of the twentieth century. The heir of first-generation Abstract Expressionism, she brought together in her work—with prodigious inventiveness and singular beauty—a conception of the canvas as both a formalized field and an arena for gestural drawing. She was eminent among the second generation of postwar American abstract painters and is widely credited for playing a pivotal role in the transition from Abstract Expressionism to Color Field painting. One of the foremost colorists of our time, she produced a body of work whose impact on contemporary art has been profound.