Helen Frankenthaler

American, 1928–2011

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A second-generation Abstract Expressionist painter, Helen Frankenthaler became active in the New York School of the 1950s, initially influenced by artists like Arshile Gorky, Willem de Kooning, and Jackson Pollock. She gained fame with her invention …

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$8m, Sotheby's, 2020
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$8,287
Pranzo Italiano (Harrison 44), 1973
Sold on May 26, 2021
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Print
Etching and aquatint in colors on Fabriano paper
19.6 x 21.5 cm
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$8,287
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May 26, 2021
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1973 Etching and aquatint in colors on Fabriano paper, signed in pencil, dated and numbered 37/43 (there were also 3 artist's proofs), published by 2RC Edizioni d'Arte, Rome, with full margins, framed. 8 1/2 x 7 3/4in (21.5 x 19.6cm) sheet 19 1/2 x 13 5/8in (49.5 x 34.6cm)
Pranzo Italiano (Harrison 44), 1973
Etching and aquatint in colors on Fabriano paper
May 26, 2021
Bonhams
$8,287
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Print
19.6 x 21.5 cm
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May 26, 2021
Bonhams
Realized Price
$8,287
Description
1973 Etching and aquatint in colors on Fabriano paper, signed in pencil, dated and numbered 37/43 (there were also 3 artist's proofs), published by 2RC Edizioni d'Arte, Rome, with full margins, framed. 8 1/2 x 7 3/4in (21.5 x 19.6cm) sheet 19 1/2 x 13 5/8in (49.5 x 34.6cm)
$3,187
Orange Hoop (Harrison 7), 1965
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Lithograph in colors on Auvergne a la Main paper
34.9 x 48.9 cm
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$3,187
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May 26, 2021
Bonhams
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1965 Lithograph in colors on Auvergne a la Main paper, signed in pencil, dated and numbered 13/24 (there was also 1 artist's proof), with the blindstamp of the publisher/printer Universal Limited Art Editions, West Islip, New York, with full margins. 19 1/4 x 13 3/4in (48.9 x 34.9cm) sheet 25 1/2 x 19 3/4in (64.8 x 50.1cm)
Orange Hoop (Harrison 7), 1965
Lithograph in colors on Auvergne a la Main paper
May 26, 2021
Bonhams
$3,187
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Print
34.9 x 48.9 cm
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Auction Sale
May 26, 2021
Bonhams
Realized Price
$3,187
Description
1965 Lithograph in colors on Auvergne a la Main paper, signed in pencil, dated and numbered 13/24 (there was also 1 artist's proof), with the blindstamp of the publisher/printer Universal Limited Art Editions, West Islip, New York, with full margins. 19 1/4 x 13 3/4in (48.9 x 34.9cm) sheet 25 1/2 x 19 3/4in (64.8 x 50.1cm)
$9,180
Reflections X, from Reflections Series, 1995
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Lithograph in colors on Lana White mould-made paper
29.8 x 36.8 cm
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$9,180
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May 26, 2021
Bonhams
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1995 Lithograph in colors on Lana White mould-made paper, signed in pencil and numbered 14/30, published/printed by Tyler Graphics, Mount Kisco, New York, with full margins, framed. 14 1/2 x 11 3/4in (36.8 x 29.8cm) sheet 19 x 16in (48.3 x 40.6cm)
Reflections X, from Reflections Series, 1995
Lithograph in colors on Lana White mould-made paper
May 26, 2021
Bonhams
$9,180
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29.8 x 36.8 cm
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May 26, 2021
Bonhams
Realized Price
$9,180
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1995 Lithograph in colors on Lana White mould-made paper, signed in pencil and numbered 14/30, published/printed by Tyler Graphics, Mount Kisco, New York, with full margins, framed. 14 1/2 x 11 3/4in (36.8 x 29.8cm) sheet 19 x 16in (48.3 x 40.6cm)
$5,737
Reflections VIII, from Reflections Series, 1995
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Lithograph in colors on Lana White mould-made paper
29.8 x 39.7 cm
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$5,737
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May 26, 2021
Bonhams
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1995 Lithograph in colors on Lana White mould-made paper, signed in pencil, dated and numbered 16/30, with the blindstamp of the publisher/printer Tyler Graphics Ltd., Mount Kisco, New York, with full margins, framed. 15 5/8 x 11 3/4 (39.7 x 29.8cm) sheet 20 x 15in (50.8 x 38.1cm)
Reflections VIII, from Reflections Series, 1995
Lithograph in colors on Lana White mould-made paper
May 26, 2021
Bonhams
$5,737
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29.8 x 39.7 cm
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May 26, 2021
Bonhams
Realized Price
$5,737
Description
1995 Lithograph in colors on Lana White mould-made paper, signed in pencil, dated and numbered 16/30, with the blindstamp of the publisher/printer Tyler Graphics Ltd., Mount Kisco, New York, with full margins, framed. 15 5/8 x 11 3/4 (39.7 x 29.8cm) sheet 20 x 15in (50.8 x 38.1cm)
$6,000
Broome Street at Night, 1987
Sold on May 20, 2021
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etching, aquatint, and drypoint in colors, on Magnani paper
71.4 x 68.6 cm
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$6,000
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May 20, 2021
Christie's
Description
Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011) signed, dated and numbered '63/68 Frankenthaler 87' in pencil etching, aquatint, and drypoint in colors, on Magnani paper Image: 271⁄8 x 281⁄8 in. (68.6 x 71.4 cm.) Sheet: 391⁄4 x 391⁄4 in. (99.7 x 99.7 cm.) Executed in 1987. This work is number 63 from the edition of 68 (there were also fourteen artist's proofs). Published by 2RC Edizioni d'Arte, Rome, with their blindstamps.
Broome Street at Night, 1987
etching, aquatint, and drypoint in colors, on Magnani paper
May 20, 2021
Christie's
$6,000
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71.4 x 68.6 cm
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May 20, 2021
Christie's
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$6,000
Description
Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011) signed, dated and numbered '63/68 Frankenthaler 87' in pencil etching, aquatint, and drypoint in colors, on Magnani paper Image: 271⁄8 x 281⁄8 in. (68.6 x 71.4 cm.) Sheet: 391⁄4 x 391⁄4 in. (99.7 x 99.7 cm.) Executed in 1987. This work is number 63 from the edition of 68 (there were also fourteen artist's proofs). Published by 2RC Edizioni d'Arte, Rome, with their blindstamps.
£176,400
Untitled, 1960
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Work on Paper
oil and acrylic on paper laid down on paper
55.9 x 76.2 cm
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£176,400
Auction Sale
May 20, 2021
Sotheby's
Description
signed oil and acrylic on paper laid down on paper 76.2 by 55.9 cm. 30 by 22 cm. framed: 94.2 by 78.4 cm. 37 by 30 ⅞ in. Executed in 1960.
Untitled, 1960
oil and acrylic on paper laid down on paper
May 20, 2021
Sotheby's
£176,400
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Work on Paper
55.9 x 76.2 cm
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May 20, 2021
Sotheby's
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£176,400
Description
signed oil and acrylic on paper laid down on paper 76.2 by 55.9 cm. 30 by 22 cm. framed: 94.2 by 78.4 cm. 37 by 30 ⅞ in. Executed in 1960.
$1,590,000
Winter Light, 1979
Sold on May 14, 2021
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Painting
acrylic on canvas
147.32 x 149.23 cm
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$1,590,000
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May 14, 2021
Christie's
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HELEN FRANKENTHALER (1928-2011) signed 'Frankenthaler' (lower right); signed again and dated 'Frankenthaler '79' (on the reverse) acrylic on canvas 58 ¾ x 58 ¼ in. (149.2 x 148 cm.) Painted in 1979.
Winter Light, 1979
acrylic on canvas
May 14, 2021
Christie's
$1,590,000
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147.32 x 149.23 cm
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May 14, 2021
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$1,590,000
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HELEN FRANKENTHALER (1928-2011) signed 'Frankenthaler' (lower right); signed again and dated 'Frankenthaler '79' (on the reverse) acrylic on canvas 58 ¾ x 58 ¼ in. (149.2 x 148 cm.) Painted in 1979.
$798,000
Glacial Blue, 1979
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Painting
acrylic on canvas
78.74 x 123.19 cm
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$798,000
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May 14, 2021
Christie's
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HELEN FRANKENTHALER (1928-2011) signed 'Frankenthaler' (lower right); signed again and dated 'Frankenthaler '79' (on the reverse) acrylic on canvas 48 ½ x 31 1/8 in. (123.2 x 79.1 cm.) Painted in 1979.
Glacial Blue, 1979
acrylic on canvas
May 14, 2021
Christie's
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78.74 x 123.19 cm
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May 14, 2021
Christie's
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$798,000
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HELEN FRANKENTHALER (1928-2011) signed 'Frankenthaler' (lower right); signed again and dated 'Frankenthaler '79' (on the reverse) acrylic on canvas 48 ½ x 31 1/8 in. (123.2 x 79.1 cm.) Painted in 1979.
$625,000
Moon Spin, 1975
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Painting
acrylic on canvas
82.55 x 218.44 cm
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$625,000
Auction Sale
May 14, 2021
Christie's
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HELEN FRANKENTHALER (1928-2011) signed 'Frankenthaler' (lower left); signed again and dated 'Frankenthaler 1975' (on the reverse) acrylic on canvas 86 x 32 ½ in. (218.4 x 82.6 cm.) Painted in 1975.
Moon Spin, 1975
acrylic on canvas
May 14, 2021
Christie's
$625,000
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82.55 x 218.44 cm
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May 14, 2021
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$625,000
Description
HELEN FRANKENTHALER (1928-2011) signed 'Frankenthaler' (lower left); signed again and dated 'Frankenthaler 1975' (on the reverse) acrylic on canvas 86 x 32 ½ in. (218.4 x 82.6 cm.) Painted in 1975.
$1,890,000
Rabat, 1970
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Painting
acrylic and marker on canvas
208.0 x 221.0 cm
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$1,890,000
Auction Sale
May 14, 2021
Christie's
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HELEN FRANKENTHALER (1928-2011) signed and dated 'Frankenthaler '70' (lower right); signed again and dated again 'Frankenthaler 1970' (on the stretcher) acrylic and marker on canvas 87 x 81 7/8 in. (221 x 208 cm.) Executed in 1970.
Rabat, 1970
acrylic and marker on canvas
May 14, 2021
Christie's
$1,890,000
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Painting
208.0 x 221.0 cm
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May 14, 2021
Christie's
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$1,890,000
Description
HELEN FRANKENTHALER (1928-2011) signed and dated 'Frankenthaler '70' (lower right); signed again and dated again 'Frankenthaler 1970' (on the stretcher) acrylic and marker on canvas 87 x 81 7/8 in. (221 x 208 cm.) Executed in 1970.