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Lee Krasner Art

American, 1908-1984

A pioneer of Abstract Expressionism, artist Lee Krasner’s pivotal role in that movement and her exceptional contributions to it were largely overshadowed by those of her male contemporaries — in particular, Jackson Pollock, whom she married in 1945.

Lee Krasner was born Lena Krassner in Brooklyn, New York, to Russian-Jewish refugee parents. She attended the Women’s Art School of Cooper Union and the esteemed National Academy of Design, graduating in 1932 during the height of the Great Depression. Krasner supported herself as a model and cocktail waitress until 1934, when she began painting murals for the Works Progress Administration, which kept her steadily employed until the agency closed in 1943. During that time, Krasner studied under Hans Hofmann and became a fixture on the New York art scene, joining the American Abstract Artists and the Artists Union.

A World War II–era commission had Krasner overseeing the creation of 19 pro-war store window displays in New York City. She recruited a handful of artists she dubbed her “misfits” for the project. Among them were Willem de Kooning and Pollock.

Throughout their 11-year marriage, Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner had an indelible influence on each other. While he painted in the bright, expansive barn studio, she worked in a small bedroom, where she produced her “Little Images” series, small-scale works loaded with paint, today considered among her most important contributions to Abstract Expressionism.

Lee Krasner’s art includes rich mosaics, Cubist drawings, assemblages and the epochal collages she produced in 1954–55, which incorporated scraps from her and Pollock’s discarded work and echoed the striking palettes of Matisse, one of her heroes. Krasner’s collages remain among her most celebrated pieces.

After Pollock’s death in 1956, Krasner moved into his barn studio, where she created large-scale paintings, including the 17-foot-wide The Seasons. She had her long-overdue first solo exhibition at London’s Whitechapel Gallery in 1965, and her second in 1975 at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Those and other major solo exhibitions finally brought her the recognition she deserved for her contributions to the art world.

In 1978, Krasner was given her rightful place next to the likes of Mark Rothko, de Kooning and Pollock in the Whitney’s exhibition “Abstract Expressionism: The Formative Years.” Her U.S. retrospective opened at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in 1983 and ended at the Museum of Modern Art in New York after her death in 1984.

Lee Krasner’s paintings continue to be in high demand. In 2019, her 1960 work The Eye Is the First Circle sold at auction for $11.7 million, breaking her 2017 auction record of $5.5 million.

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Artist: Lee Krasner
Ashawagh Hall: The Springs Artists' Exhibition Poster (Signed)
By Lee Krasner
Located in Saint Augustine, FL
An original signed lithograph, exhibition poster on heavy wove paper by American artist Lee Krasner (1908-1984) titled "Ashawagh Hall: The Springs Artists' Exhibition", 1974. Hand pe...
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1970s Abstract Lee Krasner Art

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Lithograph

Pink Stone (also called Rose Stone)
By Lee Krasner
Located in Saint Augustine, FL
An original signed lithograph on Arches paper by American artist Lee Krasner (1908-1984) titled "Pink Stone (also called Rose Stone)", 1969. Hand pencil signed by Krasner lower right...
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1960s Abstract Expressionist Lee Krasner Art

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Lithograph

Embrace, Geometric Abstract Silkscreen by Lee Krasner Pollock 1974
By Lee Krasner
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Lee Lenore Krasner, American (1908 - 1984) Title: Embrace Year: 1974 Medium: Silkscreen, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 200 Paper Size: 40 x 25 inches (101.6 x 63.5 cm)
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1970s Abstract Geometric Lee Krasner Art

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Ashawagh Hall: The Springs Artists' Exhibition Poster
By Lee Krasner
Located in Saint Augustine, FL
An original lithograph, exhibition poster on heavy wove paper by American artist Lee Krasner (1908-1984) titled "Ashawagh Hall: The Springs Artists' Exhibition", 1974. Signed in the ...
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1970s Abstract Lee Krasner Art

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Lithograph

Poem
By Lee Krasner
Located in Saint Augustine, FL
An original photolithograph on Mohawk Superfine Smooth paper by American artist Lee Krasner (1908-1984) titled "Poem", 1967. With centerfold as issued. Issued unsigned. Limited editi...
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1960s Abstract Expressionist Lee Krasner Art

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Lithograph

Free Space
By Lee Krasner
Located in New York, NY
Lee Krasner Free Space (Yellow), 1975 Hand signed Color Screenprint and collage on Arches 494x660 mm; 19 1/2x26 inches (sheet), full margins. XVI/L
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1970s Abstract Lee Krasner Art

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Free Space
By Lee Krasner
Located in New York, NY
Lee Krasner Free Space (Green), 1975 Hand signed Color Screenprint and collage on Arches 494x660 mm; 19 1/2x26 inches (sheet), full margins. XVI/L
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1970s Abstract Lee Krasner Art

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