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    Sale 2049

    Post-War & Contemporary Art Morning Session

    13 November 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 161

    Helen Frankenthaler (b. 1928)

    Pendulum

    Price Realised  

    Helen Frankenthaler (b. 1928)
    Pendulum
    signed 'Frankenthaler' (lower right)
    acrylic on canvas
    70 x 87½ in. (177.8 x 222.3 cm.)
    Painted in 1972.


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    "Essentially, I think color comes out of drawing. Even if it appears as if color is the primary consideration in a painting, the placement of a specific color is of equal importance. Color is used as you need it within a painting as the image emerges. That process determines whether it's the right color or the wrong color. One of my various methods is to mix many pails of colors that I might want to use before I start working on the canvas. In this way, through the joy of color alone, I can begin a painting by simply putting my colors down and drawing with colors as I go... (H. Frankenthaler quoted in an interview with J. Brown, After Mountains and Sea: Frankenthaler 1956-1959, exh. cat., Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, January-May 1998, pp. 39-40).

    Provenance

    André Emmerich Gallery Inc., New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner, 1972


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF ROBERT AND JEAN SHOENBERG