Helen Frankenthaler - Corot’s Mark
American, b. 1928
Corot’s Mark, 1987
Spitbite aquatint, soft-ground etching and lithography with five colors, on Rives BFK mould-made paper, 31.375 x 27.25 inches
Tyler Graphics

Gift of Beth Helgeson in honor of her father, William D. Seeley

Corot’s Mark is one of ten prints that mark Frankenthaler’s foray into multimedia printing. The piece is a combination of single etching, aquatint and lithography. The single etching and aquatint plate carry most of the visual vocabulary, while three blue lithographic plates deepen the atmospheric quality.

Frankenthaler has been creating lyrical abstractions derived from nature since the 1950s. She has produced a substantial body of work, including her signature large¬-scale paintings and numerous editions of prints. Associated with the ideals of Abstract Expressionism, she proceeds from chance and random gestures to orchestrate spontaneous form.