Lee Krasner

Despite putting her own career on hold for years to aid her famous husband, Jackson Pollack, Lee Krasner eventually achieved recognition in her own right as a gifted abstract painter. Krasner studied art at Cooper Union and the National Academy of Design, where she was accused of faking her work because her plein air self-portrait seemed too advanced. Only when she explained her technique, using a full-length mirror hung in the woods, was she allowed to continue her studies, graduating in 1932. She worked a variety of jobs before joining the WPA in 1934, creating murals and other public art. In the early 1940s, exhibiting her work with the American Abstract Artists Group, she met Jackson Pollack, whom she married in 1945. She then became his business manager, promoting his paintings, and bought a farm with him to create a quiet environment where he could work. After Pollack’s death in 1956 she returned to painting, becoming more expansive and emotionally expressive in her work. Her first retrospective was in 1965 at London’s Whitechapel Gallery, but it wasn’t until six months after her death that the Museum of Modern Art did its own retrospective, according her work their long-overdue respect.

Topics: Painting

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Date of Birth

New York, NY
United States

Date of Death

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