Synopsis by Alice Day
In the The Originals: Women in Art series, the contributions of American women artists are examined. The unique color effects of Helen Frankenthaler's paintings in the early '50s were the result of her "soak-stain" technique. This involved using oil paint, thinned to a consistency that almost resembled watercolor and applied to raw canvas. Portrait of an Artist: Frankenthaler -- Toward a New Climate explores the works of this original artist, whose influences were Arshile Gorky and Jackson Pollock. Frankenthaler, in turn, influenced painters such as Ken Noland and Morris Louis.
artist, innovation, painting