Lee Krasner was an influential American abstract expressionist painter in the second half of the 20th century. On October 25, 1945, she married artist Jackson Pollock, who was also influential in the abstract expressionism movement. Krasner was born as Lena Krassner (outside the family she was known as Lenore Krasner) in Brooklyn, New York to Russian Jewish immigrant parents from Bessarabia. She studied at The Cooper Union and the National Academy of Design, and worked on the WPA Federal A...
Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner, Springs, New York, 1949. Photo by Martha Holmes—Time & Life Pictures. Jackson and his wife Lee lived in near poverty for years, relying on financial support from friends such as artist Alfonso Ossorio. Ossorio, a wealthy Surrealist painter, was the only person to buy a painting from Pollock’s 1950 show at Betty Parsons. The painting, later to be known as Lavender Mist, was sold by Ossorio in 1976 for 2million. (L)