Those of you who read the online version of my piece, Krasner at Her Unknown Best, published on the “Leisure & Arts” page of today’s Wall Street Journal, must be scratching your heads at this garish cartoon image that accompanied the piece on the web:
Lee Krasner, “Shellflower,” 1947, private collection, New York
Then again, if you saw the image in the hard copy, on Page D7, you’re REALLY scratching you head. The painting is reproduced there in black-and-white, with a caption describing the “vibrantly colored ‘Shellflower,’” which is “animated by thick, small dollops of brightly hued pigments.” I refer you to the front page of the “Personal Journal” section, which does include a decent thumbnail image of the work in color.
The Pollock-Krasner House celebrates Lee’s centenary not only with its laudable exhibition of her “Little Image” paintings (reviewed in my WSJ piece), but also in some more frivolous ways.
Although the married painters had no offspring, and although you may not be able to afford their art, you CAN easily afford an “offspring” of a Krasner plant, for sale at their house:
Here’s the home in Springs, NY, where Krasner created her “Little Image” paintings:
Lee Krasner, “Self-portrait,” ca. 1929, Metropolitan Museum of Art
An early work, the above self-portrait predates the “Little Image” paintings of 1946-50, but is also currently on display at the Pollock-Krasner House in connection with its “Little Image Paintings” show, to Oct. 31.