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Message from Degas

A work made of color etching and aquatint from three copper plates on ivory wove paper.
© 2018 Helen Frankenthaler / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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  • A work made of color etching and aquatint from three copper plates on ivory wove paper.

Date:

1972–74

Artist:

Helen Frankenthaler (American, 1928-2011)
printed by Donn H. Steward (American, 1921-1986)
published by Universal Limited Art Editions (American, founded 1955)

About this artwork

In 1972, Donn H. Steward saw Degas’s Head of a Woman in Profile at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Captivated by the artist’s use of liquid aquatint— a process where the resin is dissolved in strong alcohol—Steward set out to master the technique. Once he achieved his desired results, he suggested it to Frankenthaler as yet another medium with which to achieve her painterly concerns in print.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Helen Frankenthaler

Title

Message from Degas

Origin

United States

Date

1972–1974

Medium

Color etching and aquatint from three copper plates on ivory wove paper

Dimensions

185 × 246 mm (image/plate); 351 × 435 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

U.L.A.E. Collection acquired through a challenge grant of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Dittmer; purchased with funds provided by supporters of the Department of Prints and Drawings; Centennial Endowment; Margaret Fisher Endowment Fund

Reference Number

1982.489

Copyright

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

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