Small's Paradise

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Small's Paradise

Artist
Helen Frankenthaler, born New York City 1928-died Darien, CT 2011
Gallery Label
Helen Frankenthaler's breakthrough as an abstract painter came when she discovered that paint thinned with turpentine and poured on raw canvas yielded rich colors and unexpected forms. Her titles were inspired by images that seemed "to come out of the pictures." When a shape that struck her as "Persian" emerged on this canvas, Frankenthaler thought of the word paradise--derived from pairi diz, Persian for a walled enclosure or garden. She had been to a New York City nightclub called Small's Paradise not long before, so when she put the associations together the painting became an emblem of a particular moment in her life.
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of George L. Erion
1964
Object number
1967.121
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Type
Painting
Medium
acrylic on canvas
Dimensions
100 x 93 5/8 in. (254.0 x 237.7 cm.)
Department
Painting and Sculpture
On View
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 3rd Floor, East Wing
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Topic
Abstract
Record ID
saam_1967.121
GUID (Link to Original Record)
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk79f5bafab-27f8-4982-8680-29c10bd48aa0