Helen Frankenthaler - Reflections XII

Helen Frankenthaler (American, 1928–2011) LOT ID: 104619
Reflections XII (from Reflections series), 1995
Lithograph, on cream Rives BFK paper
20 х 15 in. (50.8 x 38.1 cm.)
Signed, dated and numbered in pencil from the edition of 30
Edition of 30
Foundry/Publisher Tyler Graphics, Ltd., Mount Kisco, New York
Helen Frankenthaler was a key figure in the New York art scene during the 1950s and was among only a handful of women artists to successfully contribute to an artistic territory, namely Abstract Expressionism, dominated by such giants as Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning. Her development of a subtle and lyrical form of Abstract Expressionism set her a part from her contemporaries and perhaps came across no better than in her prints. Preferring the spontaneous and painterly mark of the lithograph, Frankenthaler worked closely throughout her career with master-printer Kenneth Tyler. In Reflections, a series of twelve lithographs printed in a small edition of 30, she reverted back to her roots of printing from lithographic stones—many artists and printmakers of the time were using less cumbersome matrices such as zinc plates to print lithographs. As such, her predisposition to the physicality of printmaking and mystery of what the artist's materials and technique can accomplish are fully on display in the present work. As she put it: 'a fighting, loving, dialogue with this piece of material'.

Very few examples of this bright, vibrant and textural lithograph entitled "Reflections XII" have come to auction; it is the last of this series and easily among her best lithographs in color and mark.
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