Museum Meditation: Frankenthaler

Helen Frankenthaler’s stain painting Wisdom has the feel of a watercolor. Frankenthaler actually employed acrylic to stain the canvas. The uneven tones of color are subtle, offering the eye a surprising topography.

Wisdom
Helen Frankenthaler
(New York, New York, 1928–2011, Darien, Connecticut)
Acrylic on canvas
94 in. x 112 in. (238.76 cm x 284.48 cm)
Gift of the Mary S. and Louis S. Myers Family Collection in honor of Mrs. Galen Roush
1978.39