1976 Helen Frankenthaler Born: New York, New York 1928 Died: Darien, Connecticut 2011 acrylic on canvas 38 1/4 x 53 3/4 in. (97.2 x 136.5 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Edith S. and Arthur J. Levin 2005.5.32 Not currently on view
The warm brown and sandy yellow tones of Desert Pass evoke a sense of the southwest that Frankenthaler experienced on her first trip to Arizona. Although she denied that there are identifiable references to the natural world in this and other abstractions, she acknowledged that “paintings echo, in varying degrees, one’s inner psychic surroundings as well as outside orbits.” Desert Pass can be understood as a mindscape, an image in which a creative individual assimilates the world around her.
Modern Masters: Midcentury Abstraction from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2008
Landscape - desert
paint - acrylic
fabric - canvas
About Helen Frankenthaler
Born: New York, New York 1928 Died: Darien, Connecticut 2011