A second-generation Abstract Expressionist painter, Helen Frankenthaler became active in the New York School of the 1950s. She gained fame with her invention of the color-stain technique—applying thin washes of paint to unprimed canvas. Her own canvases often evoked elements of landscape or figuration in the shaping of their forms. “My pictures are full of climates, abstract climates,” she once said. “They're not nature per se, but a feeling.” In addition to painting, Frankenthaler also made ceramics, welded steel sculptures, and set designs, but the related medium that most attracted her, and in which her achievement came the closest painting, was printmaking—especially the creation of woodcuts, hers counting among the greatest of contemporary works in that medium.
Helen’s serigraph was a gift to Mary Daniels by her husband and is a cherished part of their Private Collection.