Lee Krasner

As I said in an earlier post, Lee Krasner gave Pollock’s Easter and the Totem to the MoMA, and I think that was a measure of her regard for that work, which otherwise is not much celebrated. The conventional wisdom is not up to the standard of Pollock’s later work. In any case, I think this work by Krasner shows a clear influence of that piece.

Lee Krasner, Birth 1956

The title indicates its importance for her, and it’s kind of equivalent to Pollock’s habit of using the title Number 1. It also contains some recollections of Pollock’s early mythological pieces in the way the paint is applied, the way the lines work with the colour and the imagery. But I hope we can get past the problem of seeing Krasner’s identity as Mrs. Pollock as a problem. She was an excellent artist, but as it happened, as for everyone else of her generation, Pollock’s work was a force she had to acknowledge. Her best work came in the late fifties through the seventies, and I want to make posts on certain examples.

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