Thursday, January 6, 2011


Lee Krasner, Jackson Pollock's Wife

Jackson Pollock is one of the most well-known artists of the century. Pollock was also married to an artist, Lee Krasner. The above painting is Krasner’s “Cool White”(1959). It is part of a group of paintings that Krasner began in 1959 in East Hampton and finished in 1962 in NYC that are all umber and white. This specific painting is oil on canvas, 182.5 (h) x 290.0 (w) cm and is now in the National Gallery of Australia.

When I look at this piece, it makes me wonder about all of the different pieces of my life coming together. However, these pieces are not coming together cohesively because the brush strokes are so harsh that it compels me to worry about how my life could collapse on top of itself. The dripping paint reminds me of aspects of life that cause anguish trickling over on to the happy parts of life. Also, the contrast between light and dark provokes me to think about how you have to look for the brighter (white) parts in life through the depressing (black) parts of it.

The darkness and chaos of “Cool White” is understandable as she painted it the same year in which both her mother and husband passed away. Krasner commented on the series of white and umber paintings that she painted them “because (she) couldn’t sleep nights… (she) realized that if (she) was going to work at night (she) would have to knock out color altogether, because she couldn’t deal with color except in daylight.”

This painting is different from Krasner’s usual pieces with lots of energy and color. I think this shows how flexible her creativity is. In the late 1950s, this gave society something that a woman did that was just as good as what her counterpart, Pollock, had done previously.



Pollock was married to an artist, Lee Krasner. This painting is Krasner’s “Cool White”(1959). It’s part of a group of umber /white paintings. It is oil on canvas, 182.5 (h) x 290.0 (w) cm and is in the National Gallery of Australia.

This piece made me think about pieces of life coming together. The jagged pieces show life collapsing on itself. The light and dark demonstrates how you have to look for the brighter parts in life.

The darkness of “Cool White” is because it was done the year her mother and husband died. Krasner commented on these pieces that “(she) couldn’t sleep nights… if (she) was going to work at night (she) would have to knock out color altogether.”

This painting is different from Krasner’s paintings with lots of energy and color. In the late 1950s, it showed society that a woman can do as well as what her counterpart.



Pollock was married to an artist, Lee Krasner. This painting is Krasner’s “Cool White”(1959). It’s oil on canvas, 182.5 (h) x 290.0 (w) cm and is in the National Gallery of Australia. “Cool White” is dark because it’s from the year her mother and husband died. In the late 1950s, it showed society that a woman can do as well as what her counterpart.



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