In 1945, Lee Krasner married Jackson Pollock, changing how she would be remembered as an artist both during her time and after. Contemporary critics compared her pieces to his constantly, casting her in the role of a housewife: her compositions were “tidied-up versions” of his.
Yet Lee Krasner was heavily influential on her husband and a major figure in Abstract Expressionism in her own right. She was remarkably self-critical, often revising, rearranging, or cutting up her own works, and as such, very little of it survives today. She is one of only four women to have a retrospective featured at MoMA, six months after her death in 1984.