Born Lena Krasner in Brooklyn, New York, Lee Krasner came to be known as one of the most influential American Abstract Expressionist of her time. She began her art studies at the The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in Manhattan and the National Academy Museum and School both in New York City in the 1930’s. Krasner also helped with the Federal Art Project (FAP) during it’s brief existence from 1935 to 1943 helping to create visual-arts programs during the Depression. During that same period she was influenced by fellow classmate Hans Hoffman and her technique began taking on a neo-cubist abstract form.
Following World War II, Lee Krasner married fellow Abstract Expressionist Jackson Pollack in October of 1945. Both were very supportive of one another during a period in their lives where Abstract Expressionism wasn’t fully appreciated. Being a woman, she also struggled with her identity as well as being married to a successful artist such as Pollack. While Pollack passed away at the early age of 44 in 1956 due to a car accident. She continued to build her legacy until she passed away in 1984. Shortly after her death a retrospective was given at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. To date there are only three other female artists to have held that honor: Louise Bourgeois in 1982, Helen Frankenthaler in 1989 and Elizabeth Murray in 2004. Lee Krasner’s writing and notes are also currently located at the Archives of American Art in Washington, D.C.