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Helen Frankenthaler (American, 1928 - 2011)
Pompeii
1976
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)
Price on request

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, approximatey 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.

Exhibited:

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.

Literature:

Harrison, Pegram with an introduction by Suzanne Boorsch.  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).

Notes:

Plate size is 21 1/2 x 13 inches (54.6 x 33 cm).