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Sagittarius

Modern and Contemporary Art
painting
Sagittarius

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Helen Frankenthaler
American, 1928–2011

Date

1967

Medium

Acrylic on canvas

Accession #

69.18

Dimensions

135 x 85 1/2 inches

Location

Currently Not on View

Description

Helen Frankenthaler’s large, atmospheric paintings have a poetic sense of color and shape. During the early 1950’s, inspired by Jackson Pollock’s technique of “action painting,” Frankenthaler began to paint on unprimed canvas spread on the floor. Although Frankenthaler has continued to refine this technique, she abandoned oil paint in the early 1960’s and turned to acrylic paint, which gave her a bolder palette. Her new medium also allowed her to further explore the tension between chance and control in her art. In Sagittarius, rich shades of magenta, ultramarine and deep green complement one another and bleed together where they overlap.

Credit

Purchase with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts

Image Copyright

© 2018 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York