Helen Frankenthaler

(American, 1928 – 2011)


Drypoint, etching, sugar-lift, soft-ground and aquatint
Edition of 42
Signed, dated, annotated and inscribed in pencil
Sheet: 30 3/4 x 22 1/8 inches (78.1 x 56.2 cm)

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Drypoint, etching, sugar-lift etching, soft-ground etching and aquatint printed in five colors from three copper plates, a fine, fresh impression, the full sheet, printed on White CM Fabriano Classico paper, with margins, hand-signed, dated, annotated and dedicated in pencil by the artist, executed in an edition of 42 examples (this is the lone Printer’s Proof – there were also 5 Artist’s Proofs, 14 Trial Proofs and 3 Working Proofs), printed and published by Donn H. Steward, Halesite, New York, a slight pressure line, approximately 6 inches in the plate, primarily noticeable from the verso and more than likely occurring during the printing process, some faint time-staining at the edges, otherwise in very, very fine condition, unframed.


Williamstown, Massachusetts, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Helen Frankenthaler Prints: 1961-1979, 11 April – 11 May, 1980, no.57, another example.

Washington, D.C., The Phillips Collection, Helen Frankenthaler Prints: 1961-1979, 16 September – 19 October 1980, no.57, another example.

Birmingham, Alabama, Birmingham Museum of Art, Helen Frankenthaler Prints: 1961-1979, 09 November – 22 December 1980, no.57, another example.

Toledo, Ohio, Toledo Museum of Art, Helen Frankenthaler Prints: 1961-1979,
14 February – 29 March 1981, no.57, another example.

Boston, The Museum of Fine Arts, Helen Frankenthaler Prints: 1961-1979, 21 November 1981 – 18 January 1982, no.57, another example.


Harrison, Pegram with an introduction by Suzanne Boorsch. Helen Frankenthaler: A Catalogue Raisonné, Prints 1961-1994, 1996, New York, Abrams, pp.214-219, no.53, illustrated (another example).

Krens, Thomas, with Ned Hawkins, Vivian Patterson and Susan Earle. Helen Frankenthaler Prints: 1961-1979. 1980, Williams College with Harper & Row, pp.107-108, no.57, illustrated (another example).


Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, New Jersey

RISD Museum, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence

Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland

Frankenthaler Foundation, New York


The plate size of this work is 21 1/2 x 13 inches (54.6 x 33 cm).