After seeing a show of Jackson Pollock’s recent work in New York in 1950, Frankenthaler worked to extend Pollock’s drip-and-pour method to include large collagelike forms of color. The year after she made this picture, Frankenthaler commented “I am involved in making pictures ‘hold’ an explosive gesture, something that is moving in and out of landscapelike depths but lies flat in local areas—intact but not confined . . . “
Inscription: Signed (lower right center): Frankenthaler; dated and inscribed (on reverse): "TAKE OFF" 5/56
John Bernard Myers, New York (sold ca. 1956 to Newman); Muriel Kallis Newman, Chicago (ca. 1956–2006; her gift to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "An American Choice: The Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Collection," May 21–September 27, 1981, unnumbered cat. (p. 89).
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David Anfam inAbstract Expressionism and Other Modern Works: The Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ed. Gary Tinterow, Lisa Mintz Messinger, and Nan Rosenthal. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2007, pp. 165–67, no. 51, ill. (color).