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Floe IV

This work is one of a series of paintings Frankenthaler completed from 1964-65 that feature a recurring white shape in the center of the works. Large areas of color have been stained into the fabric to create fields blending into one another where they overlap. Frankenthaler may also have...

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Front of painting Lower right corner: Frankenthaler Back of painting On the canvas: Floe IV 56" x 59" On the stretcher: Left bar: 6992 7/59 "Clarity after Indecision" TOP (center bar also has an arrow pointing to left, suggesting that the stretcher frame was original intended or used for another painting) Central bar (top): label from private collection Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen D. Paine Frankenthaler, Helen "Floe #10" 1964 Number 16-69 Acrylic on canvas 56 x 59 Central bar (immediately below label from Paine collection) Emmerich Gallery (partially removed)


The artist; with David Mirvish Gallery, Toronto; 1969, purchased by Susan W. and Stephen D. Paine, Boston; gift to MFA, Boston, January 20, 1988

Credit Line

Gift of Susan W. and Stephen D. Paine


© 2011 Helen Frankenthaler / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.


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Medium or Technique

Acrylic emulsion on canvas


Contemporary Art