Helen Frankenthaler (1928 - 2011), American
BROOME STREET AT NIGHT, 1987 [HARRISON, 122]
Colour etching and aquatint with drypoint on White Magnani paper with 2RC blindstamp; signed, dated ‘87 and numbered 65/68 in pencil to margin (the total edition includes 14 artist’s proofs). Printed by Vigna Antoniniana Stamperia d’Arte, Rome. Published by 2RC Edizione d’Arte, Rome.
Sheet 37.5" x 38.5" — 95.3 x 97.8 cm.
Broome Street at Night, 1987 although a later work, remains true to Helen Frakenthaler’s iconic style: the large swatches of blue, orange and green embrace the colour field movement, a lone light-blue moon sets the scene. With painter-like qualities, the translucency between each layer not only creates depth, but also aptly displays Frankenthaler’s interest in the physical qualities of the materials and their reaction on an unencumbered surface – a technique similar to Frankenthaler’s turpentine-thinned paint awash onto raw canvas. The solitude and tranquility of Broome Street at Night strikes to the heart of the romantic rhetoric of Abstract Expressionism.
Private Collection, Toronto