Helen Frankenthaler

Helen Frankenthaler was a pioneering female artist in the male-dominated sphere of mid-twentieth-century abstract painting. She is best known for her “soak-stain” process, which entailed pouring thinned paint onto an unprimed canvas to create fields of translucent color. Often, these paintings referenced figuration and landscape, expanding the strict nonfigurative boundaries of abstract expressionism. In addition to her painting practice, Frankenthaler experimented with various printmaking methods.

Source: Helen Frankenthaler Foundation