Acrylic on canvas
Framed: 208.5 x 277 x 4 cm (82 1/16 x 109 1/16 x 1 9/16 in.); Unframed: 205.7 x 274.2 cm (81 x 107 15/16 in.)
Bequest of Dennis Sherwin 2009.294
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Though deeply influenced by Abstract Expressionism, Helen Frankenthaler succeeded in developing a visual language which has its very own identity. Her so-called soak-stain technique of staining pigment into raw canvas helped shape an influential art movement in the mid 20th century and led to works of impressive transparency and lucidity. In circling around the recurrent themes of spatial ambiguity and landscape, Frankenthaler’s paintings open up a deep, nearly infinite pictorial space. Surrounded by golden color, the dark green, gray, and white form in Humming Gold seems to spring back and forth on the picture plane, floating in a space of uncertain depth. The subtle red line may evoke a horizontal line, giving the viewer an idea about one’s own scale and position in relation to the painting.
The information about this object, including provenance information, is based on historic information and may not be currently accurate or complete. Research on objects is an ongoing process, but the information about this object may not reflect the most current information available to CMA. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email email@example.com.
To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.
Is something not working on this page? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Request a digital file from Image Services that is not available through CC0, a detail image, or any image with a color bar. If you have questions about requesting an image, please email email@example.com.