Thursday, September 29, 2005


Madame Matisse, 1983 by Helen Frankenthaler, University Art Museum, University at Albany State University of New York.

Frankenthaler was strongly influenced by Pollock, but took his methodology down a different road when she used raw canvas and began to work with the stains the paint caused as it soaked in.


Adam Harvey said...

I really like this, and it is new to me. Thanks.

michele omiccioli said...

Clem Greenberg called first Hans Hofmann and then Kenneth Noland to be 'the greatest colourist after Matisse'...

I really think that this definition suits better just on Frankenthaler (who invented the definition of nothing but 'colour field'!!)

An issue, for Martha:
as you're a very expert of this time there's a paul serusier's 1888 painting called 'talisman' (Paris, Musee d'Orsay) that seems to be the first production that I can remember of a complete abstract intention in a painting... upon your experience, are there the conditions to pull the birthline of abstraction back of 20 years before Kandinsky's watercolours (keeping also in mind the coeve Denis' theorical words regarding figuration/abstraction ?

Martha said...

Looks like Michele just gave me tomorrow's YDA - we'll pick this back-up then.

Thank you for the compliment but I am no where near an expert, I am what is termed a "generalist" -heavy on British Victorian.


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