Lee KRASNER, Untitled Enlarge 1 /1


United States of America 1908 – 1984

Untitled 1953 Place made: New York, New York, United States of America
Materials & Technique: drawings, oil, collage, gouache oil paint and gouache; collage of paper. Support: paper

Primary Insc: signed and dated lower right, in pencil 'LK- 53'; verso: signed and dated l.ower right, in pencil 'Lee Krasner 1954'.
Secondary Insc: verso: inscribed upper right, in pencil 'No.7'.
Dimensions: sheet 57.0 h x 76.2 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1983
Accession No: NGA 83.3609
Image rights: © Lee Krasner/ARS. Licensed by Viscopy
  • the artist;
  • with Marlborough Gallery, New York;
  • with Robert Miller Gallery, New York;
  • from whom purchased by the Australian National Gallery, Canberra, December 1983

The Abstract Expressionist painter Lee Krasner created a series of black-and-white collages during 1953-55 which brought together new marks and cut-up fragments of existing artworks. These collages were an attempt by Krasner to resuscitate work that had become stale or stagnant, and arguably represent her most significant work. The general palette of these collages reflects the dominance of black and white in American art at this time, and can also be seen in the paintings of Franz Kline, Robert Rauschenberg and Robert Motherwell.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra