Details & Cataloguing

Lee Krasner
1908 - 1984
oil on canvas
32 by 22 in. 81.3 by 55.9 cm.
Executed circa 1948.
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Mrs. Milton W. King
Robert Frank, New York
Goldman-Kraft Gallery, Chicago
Meredith Long & Co., Houston
Harriet Griffin Fine Arts, New York
Compass Rose, Chicago
Christie's, New York, May 15, 2002, Lot 115
Acquired by the present owner from the above sale


New York, Bertha Schaefer Gallery, The Modern House Comes Alive 1948-1949, September - October 1948


Milton Amset, Art Works Inspire Room Decorations, newspaper and exact date unknown (probably September 1948), illustrated
Aline B. Loucheheim, "Gallery, Decorator and Work of Art," The New York Times, 1948
"House That `Lives` Theme Exhibit," The New York Times, September 20, 1948, p. 22
Lois Maxon, "Paintings Used to Add Color to Home Decor," World-Telegram, September 20, 1948
Ann Pringle, "Modern Houses Inside and Out," NY Herald Tribune, September 20, 1948, p. 22
Ellen G. Landau, "Lee Krasner's Early Career, Part Two: The 1940's," Art Magazine, November 1981, p. 84, fig. 12, illustrated
Ellen G. Landau, Lee Krasner: A Catalogue Raisonné, New York, 1995, no. 225, pp. 109-110, illustrated in color (shown with a horizontal orientation)

Catalogue Note

Composition, by Lee Krasner was realized in 1948, a time which marked a time unusually placid and serene in the usually tempestuous lives of Lee Krasner and Jackson Pollock. Having married in 1945, with the help of Peggy Guggenheim, Krasner and Pollock buy a home near East Hampton and relocate from their chaotic city lives. The bucolic environment helped stabilizing the regularity of the artists' rhythm and during these few years the couple appeared serene to their friends who frequently visited. This idyllic time was also a period of fervent production and inspiration for both, particularly Krasner.  Enamored by the the idyllic surroundings and reveling in the care of the buoyant flora of her garden, colors and texture have a dramatic presence on her canvases from this period. Composition, 1948, through the vivacity and the intensity of its joyous yet structured use of color reflects the seemingly organized rhythm of Krasner's inner psyche. 

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