About this artwork
Artist Morris Louis referred to Helen Frankenthaler as “a bridge between Jackson Pollock and what was possible.” Her best works are characterized by radiant compositions—large expanses of color deployed in loose, organic forms. Frankenthaler pioneered the so-called soak-stain technique, in which she poured washes of turpentine-thinned paint over unprimed or raw canvas, allowing the color to find its own form, eventually absorbed into the weave of the linen support. In Hommage à H.M. a graceful network of wiry lines connects color areas that have been pushed to the farthest reaches of the canvas. Frankenthaler completed the work after traveling to Morocco; it is inspired by the painter Henri Matisse, whose work was influenced by a visit to the country in 1913.
- Currently Off View
- Contemporary Art
- Helen Frankenthaler
- Hommage à H.M.
- United States (Artist's nationality)
- Acrylic on canvas
- 203.2 × 160 cm (80 × 63 in.)
- Gift of Helen Harvey Mills in honor of Natalie, Julian, and Brett
- © 2018 Helen Frankenthaler / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York