Helen FRANKENTHALER, Blue current Enlarge 1 /1


United States of America 1928 – 2011

Blue current 1987 Title Notes: 000-039
Place made: Mount Kisco, Westchester county, New York state, United States of America
Materials & Technique: prints, intaglio, planographic colour aquatint, spit bite aquatint, soft ground etching, lithograph and engraving printed from three copper plates and five aluminium plates Support: white, mould made, Arches BFK Rives paper
Manufacturer's Mark: no manufacturer's mark
Impression: trial proof I
Edition: edition of 52, plus 14 AP, 3 TP, WP, RTP, PPI, PPII, A
Publisher: Tyler Graphics Ltd, Mount Kisco, New York
Place Published: New York
Date Published: 1987

Edition Notes: Proof before final corrections of run 1 in blue with blue and white (run 2 imagery) added a la poupee, run 3 (first version) in transparent violet and violet, run 7 (first version) in red, and the stone from which runs 4, 6 and 8 will be taken printed in black on edition paper. The stone image will be transferred to aluminium plates with additions and deletions in order to create the dark blue, part of the purple and black images. Run 2 is still in the formative stage and run 7 needs both deletions and additions. (Harrison, P., (1996), 134)
Primary Insc: signed and dated lower right corner, pencil "Frankenthaler '87"
Secondary Insc: inscribed lower right corner, pencil "Trial Proof I"
Tertiary Insc: embossed lower right corner, Tyler Graphics chop verso: inscribed lower left corner, pencil "HF85-882" verso: inscribed lower right, pencil [vertically] "BLEND - LINE - ULTRA DBSD/ { WHITE AZURE/ B. CONCENTRE/ BLEND { B.CONCENTRE/ + 2 PARTS T.B/ + 50% T.B/ FW RED DOTS/ ULTRA BLUE LINES/ SN BLACK LINE"
Dimensions: comp and sheet 78.4 h x 95.8 w cm
Cat Raisonné: Harrison, P., (1996), 134
Acknowledgement: Gift of Kenneth Tyler, 2002
Accession No: NGA 2002.1.167.2
Image rights: © Helen Frankenthaler / Tyler Graphics Ltd. 1987