Helen Frankenthaler, born in New York City, in 1927, is considered to be a transitional artist between Abstract Expressionism and Color-Field painting. Color-Field Painting is similar to Abstract Expressionism and emerged in New York City in the 1940's and was inspired by European modernism.
Frankenthaler attended Dalton School where she studied under Rufino Tamayo as well as Bennington college. After college, she returned to her native land where she met Abstract Expressionists Jackson Pollack and Arshile Gorky where she was inspired to join the generation of Abstract Expressionism. Frankenthaler receives a lot of credit for being one of the first Abstract Expressionists as well as the first female to focus on Abstract Expressionism. Eventually, Frankenthaler had great impact on many artists such as Kenneth Noland, Morris Louis, and many more.
Throughout the years, Frankenthaler has received many awards; her most recent awards were the National Medal of Arts, which she obtained in 2001, and the Skowhegan Medal for Painting (2003). She currently resides and works in Connecticut.