2013 Student Research Conference:
26th Annual Student Research Conference

I Sacrificed Nothing: Struggle and Triumph in the Painting of Lee Krasner, 1945-1956.
April N. Johnston
Dr. Julia DeLancey, Faculty Mentor

For many years the artist Lee Krasner had to be contextualized as the wife of American painter Jackson Pollock to receive recognition, despite being herself a forward-thinking painter in the Abstract Expressionist movement. While her work eventually attracted its own attention, it remains a significant example of the transition from Cubism to Abstract Expressionism which continues promising scholastic insight into the development of this great American art movement. This paper will provide an art historical discussion of Lee Krasners work during the years of her marriage to Jackson Pollock, from 1945 to 1956, arguing for the interrelation between her varied stylistic experiments during this time. Through this period Krasner arrived at Abstract Expressionism through a critical deconstruction of Cubist principles, and in so doing brought a new level of intellect and strategy to the genre, resulting in her triumphant gestural works after Pollocks death in 1956.

Keywords: Art History, Art, History, Painting, Abstract Expressionism, Gender Studies, American Studies

Topic(s):Art - Art History
Women's and Gender Studies

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 302-2
Location: OP 2117
Time: 1:15

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