Lee Krasner (1908-1984) is one of the leading figures of the American Abstract Expressionist movement and the widow of Jackson Pollock. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Krasner showed an early affinity for painting. She studied at the Women's Art School of Cooper Union, the National Academy of Design and the Art Students League. In 1937, Krasner began taking classes with Hans Hofmann, who would radically influence her mature, abstract style. She met Jackson Pollock in 1942 when they both exhibited at the McMillen Gallery. Pollock and Krasner married in 1945, working in separate studios within their East Hampton Springs farmhouse until Pollock's death in 1956. Through her membership in the American Abstract Artists group, Krasner met and befriended fellow artists such as Willem de Kooning, Franz Klein, Adoph Gottlieb, Mark Rothko, Clyfford Still, and Barnett Newman.
Krasner's vivid, elegant gestural works are infused with sensuous rhythm, form, and tactility; they are defined by their globose organic shapes, biting line and audacious coloration. Her prodigious exploration of medium includes painting, collage, charcoal, and ink on paper. Shortly after Krasner’s death, The Museum of Modern Art presented a major retrospective of her work, which has also been the subject of major traveling exhibitions. Her paintings are in the permanent collections of institutions including The Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. The literature on her includes a full-length biography by art historian Gail Levin, published in 2012. Her papers are held by the Archives of American Art.
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