Helen Frankenthaler was born on December12, 1928 in New York City. Early on, she studied under the tutelage of Mexican painter Rufino Tamayo at the Dalton School in New York. She received her Bachelor degree from Bennington College in 1948, and began her extensive travels. Frankenthaler is a main figure in developing color-field abstraction with her stain techniques, influenced by the methods of Jackson Pollock, whose abstract works were emulated less by emerging artists than Willem de Kooning, who used of thick textures and aggressive brushwork. Frankenthalers work explores a delicate color sensibility, and emphasizes the notion of beauty above everything else. Though her work never stagnated in one form entirely, Frankenthalers concern for the capture of emotion with color while avoiding the use of figures or scenes has given her a place as one of contemporary arts most important figures.