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Helen Frankenthaler

  • A really good picture looks as if it's happened at once. It's an immediate image. For my own work, when a picture looks labored and overworked, and you can read in it — well, she did this and then she did that, and then she did that — there is something in it that has not got to do with beautiful art to me. And I usually throw these out, though I think very often it takes ten of those over-labored efforts to produce one really beautiful wrist motion that is synchronized with your head and your heart, and you have it, and therefore it looks as if it were born in a minute.

    • Helen Frankenthaler,
    • in Barbara Rose, Frankenthaler ()
  • What has made it work, or what makes certain paintings successful or not, has to do with my being a painter and a thinking, feeling person, more than my sex, color, height, origin.

    • Helen Frankenthaler,
    • in The Los Angeles Times ()
  • I'd rather risk an ugly surprise than rely on things I know I can do.

    • Helen Frankenthaler
  • The price for living the life I have — for any serious, devoted person, is that at times one must live alone, or feel alone. I think loneliness is associated in many people's minds when they think about success.

    • Helen Frankenthaler

Helen Frankenthaler, U.S. abstract expressionist painter

(1928 - 2011)