- NAME: Lee Krasner
- OCCUPATION: Painter
- BIRTH DATE: October 27, 1908
- DEATH DATE: June 19, 1984
- EDUCATION: Washington Irving High School, Women's Art School of Cooper Union, National Academy of Design
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Brooklyn, New York
- PLACE OF DEATH: New York, New York
- Originally: Lena Krassner
- Nickname: Lenore
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Modernist abstract painter and collage artist Lee Krasner, wife of Jackson Pollock, created the Little Image painting series and the multimedia collage "Milkweed."
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Lee Krasner was an artist who studied cubism at Cooper Union and worked as a painter as part of the New Deal's Federal Art Project. In 1945, she married Jackson Pollock, and both were influential in the abstract impressionism movement.
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Struggling to cope with the sudden loss, Krasner refocused on her first passion, painting. Expressing her anger with large-scale, colorful abstract imagery, in the late 1950s Krasner created her Earth Green and Night Journey series.
In the early 1960s, Krasner was living back in Manhattan when she nearly died of a brain aneurysm. After a two-year recovery period, Krasner returned to refining nature-inspired works. In 1965 she had a retrospective solo exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery in London, later followed by a solo exhibition at the Whitney in 1975. In the late 1970s she took another stab at collage work.
Krasner died of diverticulitis on June 19, 1984, in New York City.
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