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Santorini

A work made of acrylic on canvas.
© 2018 Helen Frankenthaler / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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  • A work made of acrylic on canvas.

Date:

1965

Artist:

Helen Frankenthaler
American, 1928–2011

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 as it pooled, seeped, and was absorbed into the weave of the linen support. Frankenthaler’s titles often recall a memory of a time or place. The title of this work alludes to a Greek island known for the beauty of its light and expansive vistas of the sea.

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Artist

Helen Frankenthaler

Title

Santorini

Origin

United States

Date

1966

Medium

Acrylic on canvas

Dimensions

269.2 x 175.3 cm (106 x 69 in.)

Credit Line

Barbara Neff Smith and Solomon Byron Smith Purchase Fund

Reference Number

1968.103

Copyright

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

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