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The Vanguard: Lee Krasner

on May 15, 2023

I love delving into the world of Lee Krasner, a powerhouse in the realm of abstract expressionism. Born in 1908, Krasner's impact on the art scene is significant, and her role in the historical development of abstract expressionism was pivotal.

Krasner, often recognized as the wife of Jackson Pollock, goes far beyond being just a companion to the renowned artist. Her work, a dynamic dance of colors and forms, played a crucial role in shaping the trajectory of abstract expressionism. Krasner was at the forefront of a movement that dared to break free from convention, letting emotions dictate the strokes on the canvas.

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Lee Krasner with Jackson Pollock, 1950.

What I find truly captivating about Krasner is her fearlessness in experimentation. She embraced the canvas as a realm for unbridled expression, a space where raw emotion could be translated into vibrant visuals. Her paintings are a testament to a woman who wielded the brush with both finesse and power.

In the historical tapestry of abstract expressionism, Krasner carved out her own narrative. Her influence extended beyond the canvas, challenging the norms of the male-dominated art world. Krasner's resilience and determination, especially in the face of personal and professional challenges, only added layers of depth to her art.

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'Bald Eagle' by Lee Krasner, 1955.

Krasner's work is a reflection of profound honesty. Her canvases speak of a woman navigating the complexities of life, and that authenticity is a magnetic force. It's not just about the art; it's about the audacity to redefine artistic boundaries.

Lee Krasner's role in the historical evolution of abstract expressionism is not just notable; it's a crucial chapter. Her legacy continues to inspire artists and enthusiasts alike, reminding us that art is not confined to the canvas but extends into the realms of societal change and the relentless pursuit of creative freedom.

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Untitled by Lee Krasner, 1949.


Pete Stein
Founder, Galerie Stein

Galerie Stein will be presenting several contemporary Abstract Expressionist artists both virtually at and in our gallery in Montreal in 2024.

Contact: Pete Stein - Galerie Stein at