Lee Krasner

Born Oct 27, 1908

Lee Krasner was an influential abstract expressionist painter in the second half of the 20th century. On October 25, 1945, she married artist Jackson Pollock, who was also influential in the Abstract Expressionism movement.

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1908 Birth Krasner was born as Lena Krassner (outside the family she was known as Lenore Krasner) on October 27, 1908 in Brooklyn, New York. … Read More


1928 19 Years Old 1 More Event
By 1928, she enrolled in the National Academy of Design. … Read More


1929 20 Years Old Krasner was highly influenced by the opening of the Museum of Modern Art in 1929. … Read More
1935 26 Years Old It eventually became too difficult for Krasner to support herself as a waitress due to the Great Depression. In order to provide for herself, she joined the Works Progress Administration's Federal Art Project in 1935. … Read More


1942 33 Years Old 1 More Event
…  She was highly affected by seeing Pollock's work for the first time in 1942, causing her to reject Hofmann's cubist style which required working from a human or still life model. … Read More
1945 36 Years Old In the fall of 1945, Krasner destroyed many of her cubist works she created during her studies with Han Hofmann, although the majority of paintings created from 1938 to 1943 survived this reevaluation.
1946 37 Years Old Beginning in 1946, Krasner began working on her Little Image series.


1949 40 Years Old 1 More Event
She created around forty of these types of paintings until 1949. … Read More
1950 41 Years Old There is evidence that she began experimenting with automatic painting and created black and white hybridized, monstrous figures on large canvases in 1950. … Read More
By 1951, Krasner started her first series of collage paintings.
1953 44 Years Old From 1953 to 1954, she created smaller sized collage paintings that were composed of fragments of undesired works. … Read More
1955 46 Years Old By 1955, she made collage paintings on a larger scale and varied the material she used for the support, using either masonite, wood, or canvas. … Read More
1956 47 Years Old 1 More Event
During the summer of 1956, Krasner started her Earth Green Series. … Read More
1957 48 Years Old By 1957, she continued to create figurative abstract forms in her work, but they suggest more floral elements rather than anatomical. … Read More
1958 49 Years Old In 1958, she was commissioned to create two abstract murals for an office building on Broadway. … Read More


1962 53 Years Old By 1962, she begins using bright colors and allude to floral and plant-like shapes. … Read More
1963 54 Years Old She continued working in this style until she suffered an aneurysm, fell, and broke her right wrist in 1963, the wrist she used to paint with. … Read More
1965 56 Years Old This reevaluation is reflected in her first retrospective exhibition of her paintings which was held in London at the Whitechapel Gallery in 1965. … Read More


1969 - 1970 2 More Events
1973 64 Years Old She painted in this style until about 1973.
1976 67 Years Old In 1976, she started working on her second series of collage images. … Read More
1984 76 Years Old Lee Krasner died in 1984, age 75, from natural causes. … Read More
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