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Helen Frankenthaler was a famous American abstract expressionist artist who has contributed immensely to the history of post-war paintings. She introduced a new technique of painting, called soak-stain painting, which she is very well known for. Soak stain painting is using turpentine-thinned paint and pouring it on the canvas which creates a bright color wash that is merged with the canvas. Through stain painting, she was able to create unique pieces of art and expand the possibilities of abstract art. Her works and creation of her new technique have strongly influenced other artists’ work and styles such as Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland and Jules Olitski. She also helped develop “Color Field Painting” with her technique and work. Her work of provides a different perspective of how art is viewed and allows people to think more creatively. She is one of few women who has obtained a long-standing visibility.        Frankenthaler (born December 12th, 1928) was born and raised in a rich family who lived in Manhattan, along with her two older sisters. Her artistic talents were noticed at a young age (four years old) by her parents and they made efforts to allow her talent to thrive by sending her to experimental schools, which is the main reason for why many of her painting’s names are named after landscapes. Frankenthaler developed her interest in landscapes when going on vacation with her family. At 15, she went to Dalton School, located in New York, and worked with a painter named Rufino Tamayo. When she was 16, she made the official decision to become an artist and enrolled into Bennington College, where she studied under Paul Feeley. He was fundamental in setting up exhibits for Abstract Expressionists, greatly influencing her art style. In 1950, she met Clement Greenberg, who she had a romantic relationship and he introduced her to several famous Abstract Expressionists such as Willem de Kooning, Lee Krasner, Jackson Pollock, and Franz Kline. She studied under Hans Hoffman, who has helped her develop her style. In 1952, she introduced her soak-stain painting method, inspired by Jackson Pollock. After her breakthrough, her painting was featured in many exhibits and she has inspired many with her art style. She experimented non-stop with different art techniques and also worked with a wide range of different mediums such as ceramics, tapestry, and printmaking.        One of her most important works of art is “Mountains and Seas” (created in 1952), which is where she introduced soak-stain painting. With the introduction of her new technique, it helped the rise o the “Color Field movement”, which she greatly contributed to. The Color Field art movement placed less emphasis and importance on gestures and brushstrokes. This type of art allows the allows the color to be the main focus the art piece. Another important art piece was “Playa” (created in 1950, translates to “Beach”), which was the beginning of her exhibition career. It was apart of the exhibition named Fifteen Unknowns: Selected by Artists of the Kootz Gallery. This is what started it all and allowed her to continue what she was doing. With her exhibition, many were able to view her unique paintings and helped inspired many famous artists. “Canyon”, created in 1965, was landscape piece that showed off her new artistic practice. Instead of using turpentine-thinned oil, she used watered down acrylics to pour large stains and blots. “Canyon” clearly shows that, being a painting that mostly consists of a large red blot.