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Jackson Pollock Painting “One” and Lee Krasner

The portrait photographer Hans Namuth made a name for himself and solidified the reputations of his sitters through a series on contemporary artists at work in their studios. He brought public attention to the shocking imagery and, in the case of Pollock, the revolutionary techniques of some of the leaders of Abstract Expressionism (or Action Painting). Namuth’s environmental portraiture showed the artists in relationship to their creations and, occasionally, as seen in this image, with their spouses. Although Lee Krasner was also an artist, she is shown seated on the periphery of the scene, while her larger-than-life husband is front and center.

Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art’s collection includes six other Namuth portraits of artists (Eskenazi Museum of Art 76.113.32–.35, 76.113.41 and 80.13).

Hans Namuth
American (born Germany), 1915–1990
Jackson Pollock Painting “One” and Lee Krasner
1950
Gelatin silver print
Image: 11 3/16 x 10 13/16 in. (28.4 x 27.5 cm); sheet: 16 15/16 x 14 1/16 in. (43.0 x 35.7 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 76.113.31

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