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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2003.50
People
Helen Frankenthaler, American (New York NY 1928 - 2011 Darien, Connecticut. 27 December.)
Title
Corona
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
painting
Date
1979
Culture
American
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/50187
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Acrylic paint on canvas
Dimensions
167.64 x 243.84 cm (66 x 96 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: l.r. in red paint
  • inscription: back of canvas, red pencil, signed: Frankenthaler "Corona" '79 [artist's name/signature, title, and date]
  • stamp: stretcher: Andre Emmerich Galleries stamp
Provenance
Herbert and Mildred Lee, Boston, Massachusetts, gift; to Harvard University Art Museums, 2003.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert C. Lee
Copyright
© Helen Frankenthaler / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Accession Year
2003
Object Number
2003.50
Division
Modern and Contemporary Art
Contact
am_moderncontemporary@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
A large, horizontally oriented acrylic on canvas. The dominant ochre/orange color of the background is soaked into the unprimed canvas using Frankenthaler's traditional stain painting technique. Broad areas of green seem to have been applied over the ochre, but with a similarly thin and wash-like paint. The most prominent element in the work is the horizontal strip of yellow impasto that runs across the canvas, about a third of the way up from the bottom. The matte surface is also flecked with other splotches of thicker paint, in gray, pink, and orange.
Commentary
Helen Frankenthaler was a leading member of the second generation of Abstract Expressionists. Her "soak-stain" painting technique had a significant impact on artists of 1950s and 1960s, particularly on Kenneth Noland and Morris Louis, who are both represented in the Fogg's collection. Corona was created during a period of transition when the artist began to combine her stain technique with areas of dense impasto. This work, along with Rex, is the first painting by the artist to enter the collection.

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