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March 7, 06:15 PM GMT


1,500 - 2,000 USD

Lot Details


By Women For Tomorrow's Women: A Benefit Auction For Miss Porter's School


1908 - 1984



lithograph in colors on wove paper

22 by 29¼ in. (55.3 by 74.9 cm.)

Executed in 1969, this work is from an edition of 100, published by Marlborough Graphics, New York. 

Lee Krasner was an Abstract Expressionist painter born in 1908 in Brooklyn, New York to Russian-Jewish immigrants. Krasner studied at the Arts Students League, The Cooper Union and the National Academy of Design. She began her career as a painter working for the WPA’s Federal Art Project in the 1930s during the Great Depression. Seeking further instruction towards the end of the decade, Krasner enrolled in German émigré-artist Hans Hoffman’s 8th Street atelier, where she learned the modernist lessons of celebrated European artists, such as Picasso, Matisse and Mondrian; these lessons deeply influenced her own work and painting style. In the early 1940s, Krasner met fellow AbEx painter Jackson Pollock, whom she married in 1945 and with whom she left New York City for Long Island, settling in The Springs near East Hampton. There the couple purchased a small home and building that would become a painting studio, with money loaned to them from contemporary art dealer Peggy Guggenheim. Krasner’s position as a leading abstract artist was confirmed by a powerful exhibition of her collage works at the Stable Gallery in New York in 1955. Her work is now included in the collections of major museums, such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo. In 1984, a major retrospective traveled to four major museums around the country before reaching its ultimate stop at The Museum of Modern Art. This exhibition elucidated the wide range of her oeuvre and her great accomplishments as an artist, which were often overshadowed by the titanic presence of her husband. Sadly, Krasner did not live to see MoMA’s installation of this exhibition; she passed away six months before its opening. Before her death, however, Krasner established The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, which awards grant money to professional artists, working in any medium, specifically to alleviate financial burden and thereby nurture the artist’s creative work and development.