Helen Frankenthaler Vessel 1961, oil paint on canvas, 2540 x 2390 mm, Presented by the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation (Tate Americas Foundation) 2019
© 2019 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photograph by Jordan Tinker, courtesy Helen Frankenthaler Foundation

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Helen Frankenthaler

Vessel

Helen Frankenthaler, Vessel  1961

Vessel was produced with Frankenthaler’s ‘soak-stain’ technique. The composition emphasises symmetry, yet the painted form appears to pulse with implied movement and energy. It seems to play with the familiar idea of inkblots used in psychological testing. Parts of the canvas are deliberately left unpainted to help structure the composition. As Frankenthaler noted: ‘[The] “negative” space has just as active a role as the “positive” painted space. The negative spaces maintain shapes of their own and are not empty.’

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Helen Frankenthaler, Eden  1956

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Helen Frankenthaler, Europa  1957

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Helen Frankenthaler, M  1977

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Vessel
Helen Frankenthaler Vessel 1961

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Helen Frankenthaler Eden 1956

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Helen Frankenthaler Europa 1957

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Helen Frankenthaler The Sightseers 1951

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