Helen Frankenthaler Working

Helen Frankenthaler, on the other hand, broke the Lee mold and was such a crazy genius that I think some people don’t even know that she was married to Robert Motherwell. Or they do know that and they think to themselves, Was he worthy? This beautiful series above was taken by Ernst Haas in 1969.

Now, it’s Helen, who was an Uptown Girl from birth, so you have to understand that there was also a little bit of this-

  Photo by Gordon Parks, c. 1957

Photo by Gordon Parks, c. 1957

   Helen Frankenthaler with Alexander Liberman, in her studio, New York City, 1967 , Photo by   Dan Budnick

Helen Frankenthaler with Alexander Liberman, in her studio, New York City, 1967, Photo by Dan Budnick

And at the end of the day, she was coming home to Motherwell and this-

  Photographed at Yale by Sedat Pakay

Photographed at Yale by Sedat Pakay

Photo by William Grigsby, originally published for the article “Artists as Collectors” in the November/December 1967 issue ofArt in America. Drool. But always, she was back at this-

  Photo by   Hans Namuth  , 1987

Photo by Hans Namuth, 1987

  Photo by   Hans Namuth  , 1984

Photo by Hans Namuth, 1984

  Photo by Alexander Liberman

Photo by Alexander Liberman

  Photo by Alexander Liberman

Photo by Alexander Liberman

  Helen Frankenthaler in her studio in Darien, Connecticut, 2003. Photo by Suzanne DeChillo.

Helen Frankenthaler in her studio in Darien, Connecticut, 2003. Photo by Suzanne DeChillo.

This post originally appeared on the Gravel & Gold blog