Helen Frankenthaler (American, 1928 – 2011)
Saturn, 1963
Acrylic on canvas
104 x 47 ¾ in (264 x 121 cm)
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
© 2016 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./ARSNY

 

A fiery, burnt orange glow dominates Saturn.  In this painting, Frankenthaler is not rendering a literal depiction of the planet, but rather the essence of a celestial body through its compact forms and intense colors.  After 1962, Frankenthaler preferred using acrylic paint in her soak-stain technique as it dried more quickly than oil paint and provided brighter, more vivid colors on the surface.

 

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