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(b New York, 12 Dec. 1928). American painter, an important figure in the transition from Abstract Expressionism to Colour Field Painting. In her early work she was influenced by Jackson Pollock and she developed his drip technique by pouring and running very thin paint—like washes of watercolour—onto canvases laid on the floor. She first used this method in Mountains and Sea (1952, the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation’s collection, on loan to NG, Washington), which is regarded as one of the seminal works of post-war American painting.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)