Lena Krasner was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1908. She worked with abstract expressionism and studied Cubism under Hans Hofmann. She was also known for cutting up her paintings to make collages. Krasner married artist Jackson Pollock in 1945. They worked together and inspired one another. Their marriage was a troubled one. Largely over-shadowed by her famous husband, Krasner prevailed and her contribution to the New York art world is valuable. Shortly after she died in 1984, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, exhibited a retrospective collection of her work securing her place in the abstract expressionism movement. Krasner’s paintings continue to gain world wide recognition. For me, Lee Krasner’s paintings show a timidness, one is left with wanting more from her. The composition is very controlled and at times strained. I get the feeling that she limited herself. There is also a sad atmosphere in her work that perhaps reflect her difficult life. But the work is interesting and is true to the time and environment in which they were painted.
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