Helen Frankenthaler

Making Music

2000

Artist
Helen Frankenthaler 1928–2011
Medium
Etching, aquatint and mezzotint on paper
Dimensions
Image: 408 x 633 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Tyler Graphics Ltd in honour of Pat Gilmour, Tate Print Department 1974-7, 2004
Reference
P12078

Not on display

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Frankenthaler collaborated with Tyler over a 25-year period. Nuances in colour and subtle shifts in texture have always been important to Frankenthaler, and these qualities are exemplified in her lithographs. Tyler has said: ‘for Frankenthaler, there is nothing like drawing on the receptive surface of prepared limestone. Lithography stones are responsive to every gesture. It is possible to create combinations of ethereal washes, crayon lines, and dense brushstrokes. Tones may vary from very delicate washes to fully saturated solids.’

Gallery label, July 2008

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