Helen Frankenthaler, Grove


Signed, dated, and numbered 4/32 in pencil, recto

Ten-color woodcut from 4 blocks (3 of Pacific Basin mahogany and 1 of Douglas fir) on off-white Awagami-Fujimori handmade paper

25 x 38 inches

Printed by Emanuele Cacciatore, Benjamin Gervis, and Garner Tullis
Published by Garner Tullis, New York City

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“Unabashedly expressionistic, [the] aim [of ‘Grove’] does not appear painterly, but graphic. Its effect depends on the wood’s rawness and the grain’s dominance. In earlier woodcutsFrankenthaler found ways to transpose a painterly vision into print. Treating wood like canvas and ink like paint, she bent the medium to fit her aesthetic. But in ‘Grove,’ she moves in another direction. The electric gouge gave her an autonomy and freedom of gesture that the composition reflects. Energetic and rife with feeling, ‘Grove’ is reminiscent of the woodcuts of Edvard Munch—not a look she aspired to.  It has a realistic aspect, similar to Frankenthaler’s nature-inspired abstractions of the 1950s and 1960s.”

—Judith Goldman, Frankenthaler: The Woodcuts (New York City: George Braziller, Inc., Publishers, 2002), p. 62-9, full-page color illus.

Work by Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011)