Marchioness. 1978. Acrylic on canvas. Lower right signed. Verso signed and twice dated, titled and inscribed, as well as with an arrow indicating the direction. 106 x 366 cm (41.7 x 144 in). [JS]. This is the first time that one of the sought-after large-size works by the American artist is offered on the European auction market.
PROVENANCE: Galerie Wentzel, Hamburg. Private collection (acquired from aforementioned around 1980).
EXHIBITION: L’Amérique aux Indépendants. 91e Exposition, Société des Artistes Indépendants, Grand Palais des Champs Élysées, Paris March 13 - April 13 1980, ill. p. 88.
Inspired by Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock, Helen Frankenthaler developed an expressive and abstract style that is characterized by a subjective spontaneity and an almost harmonious poetry. From the early 1970s on she executed her art preferably on huge canvases in landscape format. This panorama-like arrangement of the composition evokes a feeling as if the observer was surrounded by the painting. This "immersion into the color space" is not created through a pretended depth of a homogenous, almost monochrome color field, as it is the case with classic Color Field Painting, but through the work's sideward dilation, which also reaches the limits of what is optically perceptible in our work.