Feb 19, 2008

Lee Krasner (1908-1984)

10 x 10

Lee Krasner (1908-1984)


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Ernst Haas

(American, 1928–1986)


Guild Hall Museum

Gelatin silver print

Image: 33.2 x 24.4 cm (13 1/16 x 9 5/8 in.); Paper: 43.9 x 34.1 cm (17 5/16 x 13 7/16 in.); Matted: 50.8 x 40.6 cm (20 x 16 in.)

Given by Helen A. Weinberg in loving memory of her husband Kenneth G. Weinberg 1999.271.3

Impression: 11



One of the most significant and inventive freelance photographers working after World War II, Haas traveled the world on assignment. Responding to his joy of looking, he employed both black-and-white and color film to record the diverse subjects that attracted him, capturing their forms, moods, and sensations. This telling image of the important artist Lee Krasner is a part of Haas's career-long interest in portraiture. Shot from below, his camera captured her at work in her art-and-sun filled studio in The Springs, East Hampton, Long Island, which had belonged to her husband, Jackson Pollock. Krasner is depicted laboring over her last body of paintings in which she reworked old canvases with collaged pieces cut from earlier prints and paintings. Through gesture and expression, this portrait succinctly portrays the boldness, intelligence, and energy associated with the artist and expressed in her work.

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