About This Artwork

Helen Frankenthaler (American, 1928-2011)
printed by Robert Blackburn (American, 1920-2003)
published by Universal Limited Art Editions (American, founded 1955)

First Stone, 1961

Color lithograph from five stones on ivory wove paper
565 x 762 mm (sheet)

U.L.A.E. Collection acquired through a challenge grant of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Dittmer; restricted gift of supporters of the Department of Prints and Drawings; Centennial Endowment; Margaret Fisher Endowment Fund, 1982.459

© 2018 Helen Frankenthaler / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

This is Frankenthaler’s first print at U.L.A.E. and demonstrates her playful experimentation with tusche wash and crayon to capture her painterly gesture. She manipulated the tusche with various implements, including facial tissues, a stick, and her finger.

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