Helen Frankenthaler’s soak and stained canvases prioritized flat surface over illusory depth, revealing what critic Barbara Rose referred to as the “freedom, spontaneity, openness and complexity of an image.”
(1) Four Color Space, 1966. Acrylic on canvas. (2) Lilac Arbor, 1970. Aquatint. (3) Souther Exposure, 2002. Acrylic on paper.