Lee Krasner was a Jewish American painter.
Born on October 28, 1908, in Brooklyn, New York, Krasner studied at the Washington Irving High School in Manhattan,
the Women’s Art School of Cooper Union and the National Academy
In 1937, she began studying with the German Expressionist
Hans Hofmann, while still working for the Works Progress Administration
(WPA). Hofmann exposed Krasner to many European abstract painters, which
helped to direct her work into geometric abstract art. Over time Krasner
became considered one of America’s most influential abstract expressionists.
In 1940, she began showing her work with the American Abstract Artists,
including Jackson Pollock (who she would marry in 1945). She presented
her first show, in 1965, at the Whitechapel Gallery in London.
Krasner died on June 19, 1984, at the age of 75. Her
first New York exhibit was in December 1984, six months after her death,
at the Museum of Modern Art.
Sources: “Lee Krasner (1908 - 1984).” American
Jewish Historical Society, American
Jewish Desk Reference, (NY: Random
House, 1999) pg. 317, Wikipedia