Helen Frankenthaler (American, 1928 – 2011)
For E.M., 1981
Acrylic on canvas
71 x 115 in (180.3 x 292.1 cm)
Helen Frankenthaler Foundation
© 2016 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./ARSNY


In For E.M., Frankenthaler pays homage to the French 19th-century painter, Édouard Manet.  She used Manet’s small Still Life with Carp (1864) as a source, interpreting it in a monumental and abstract way.  By acknowledging a fellow artist, particularly Manet, who was known for bridging Realism and Impressionism, she places herself in a tradition of significant painters and gives her work historical context.


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