Lee Krasner (1908–1984) was a leading figure among the first generation of Abstract Expressionist artists who re-defined painting in the mid-twentieth century. Art historian, author, and director of the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, Helen A. Harrison illuminates Krasner’s innovative career and evolving practice. Images from the Wadsworth’s collections help trace Krasner’s shift from early representational imagery to abstract collages, gestural action paintings, and large-scale color field paintings. Harrison positions Krasner’s work among other female abstractionists working in Eastern Long Island during the mid-twentieth century, including Perle Fine, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell and Betty Parsons. Free with required registration.
This lecture is generously supported by the Docent Council of the Wadsworth Atheneum. Additional support for this program is provided by the Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation Fund at the Wadsworth Atheneum.
Image: Lee Krasner, Self-Portrait, c. 1931-33. Oil on canvas. 18 x 16 in. The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 2021.12.1 © 2022 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York