Helen Frankenthaler, Ochre Dust, 1987

Artist: Helen Frankenthaler (1928 - 2011)
Title:Ochre Dust, 1987
Reference:AAA 20, NGA 63
Medium:Spitbite aquatint and lithograph
Image Size:24 3/8 x 33 in. (61.9 x 83.8 cm)
Sheet Size:24 3/8 x 33 in. (61.9 x 83.8 cm)
Edition:Numbered from the edition of 44 aside from 12 AP, 1 RP, 2 PP, 1 TP, 2 WP, 1 AI
Signature:This work is hand signed by Helen Frankenthaler (Manhattan, NYC, 1928 - Darien, CT, 2011) lower right, Frankenthaler '87
Condition:This work is in excellent condition
ID #w-9133

Historical Description

Helen Frankenthaler, Ochre Dust, 1987

Helen Frankenthaler (1928–2011) was a towering figure in the world of abstract expressionism, renowned for her groundbreaking techniques and profound influence on modern art. Born in New York City, Frankenthaler emerged as a pivotal figure in the 1950s, a time marked by artistic experimentation and a departure from traditional modes of representation.

One of Frankenthaler's most revolutionary contributions to art was her innovative approach to color and form. She developed a technique known as "soak-stain," where she poured thinned paint onto unprimed canvas, allowing the colors to bleed and blend organically. This method resulted in vibrant, atmospheric compositions that seemed to defy gravity and conventional boundaries. Through her use of color, Frankenthaler captured the essence of emotion and mood, evoking a sense of depth and transcendence in her work.

Beyond her technical innovations, Frankenthaler played a crucial role in challenging the male-dominated art world of her time. As one of the few prominent female artists of the abstract expressionist movement, she shattered stereotypes and paved the way for future generations of women artists. Her success and visibility helped to dismantle barriers and foster greater inclusivity within the art community.

Frankenthaler's influence extended far beyond her own era, shaping the trajectory of contemporary art in profound ways. Her fearless experimentation and commitment to artistic integrity inspired countless artists to push the boundaries of their medium and explore new possibilities. Her work continues to resonate with audiences around the world, captivating viewers with its beauty, depth, and emotional resonance.

In recognition of her contributions to the arts, Frankenthaler received numerous accolades and honors throughout her lifetime, including the National Medal of Arts and the prestigious Premium Imperiale. Her legacy endures not only in her own body of work but also in the countless artists she inspired and the lasting impact she made on the course of art history. Helen Frankenthaler remains a towering figure whose influence transcends time, a beacon of creativity and innovation whose contributions continue to shape the landscape of contemporary art.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:

Helen Frankenthaler, Ochre Dust, 1987 is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that will accompany the sale of the work).


  1. Harrison, P. Frankenthaler: A Catalogue Raisonné, Prints 1961-1994. First Edition. New York: Harry N. Abrams. 1996. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné p. 364.
  2. Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:

Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Helen Frankenthaler, Ochre Dust, 1987 is presented in a complementary moulding and optical grade Plexiglas.

Subject Matter: Contemporary