Rising Green

Lee Krasner American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 921

A key figure of Abstract Expressionism in the 1950s, Krasner continued to experiment in abstract styles throughout her career. Rising Green manifests the painter’s longstanding interest in nature-based imagery, its leaflike forms suggesting powerful vegetation. In Springs, near East Hampton, Long Island, she pursued a painterly engagement with nature on a large scale, working in the spacious converted barn used previously by her late husband Jackson Pollock, who died in 1956. The verdant shapes here are thrown into relief against a stark white ground, which, in turn, asserts its own role in the composition. The work’s elongated, arabesque forms recall the work of Henri Matisse, especially his late collages.

Rising Green, Lee Krasner (American, Brooklyn, New York 1908–1984 New York), Oil on canvas

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