In 1952, the abstract painter was 23 years old when she painted Mountains and the Sea using a technique of her own invention that would pave the way for a new movement in art.
She was celebrated as a painter of instinct, which she obviously was, but she was also very calculating in what she did. The stress on the instinctive, while it was there, is also a gendered reading of her work—the idea that women are instinctive and men are intelligent. Helen Frankenthaler was both.
She was born Marielle Warin. Her Jewish family escaped occupied France for England where she studied drawing, became a model in the ‘Swinging London’ of the 1960’s and then found a home on the other side of the lens.
A CALLA LILY IS A SENSUAL FLOWER
A Calla Lily woman has a style that is ageless.
She is busy, unconventional, edgy, independent and intriguing.
She knows who she is, what she wants to say and doesn’t give a damn.
She carries the spirit of youth into old age and never loses her enthusiasm.
Her motto is:
Age only matters if you’re a cheese.
One of the completely forgotten names—but a name well-known among the literati of the 1920’s--is that of The Baroness.
The Mama of Dada was a public event.
She painted her shaved head red. The streets of New York were her theatre and the name of her act was Dada. She wore a tomato-can bra, a bustle with a tailight and a bird cage around her neck with live canaries inside.
‘I know I was as good as anybody else in there,’ she said when Samuel Kootz, a New York gallery owner, announced that there would be no women artists in his gallery.