Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center
Ellen G. Landau
Lee Krasner, Hans Hofmann and the Role of Drawing in Modernism
The discovery in 2018 of sixteen unknown figural sketches created by Lee Krasner at the Hans Hofmann School of Art in 1937-40 presents a perfect opportunity to reconsider the importance of her now-famous charcoal drawings from this so-called student period. Stored for decades in an overlooked portfolio, this well-preserved group of works reconfirms how Krasner's experience of drawing from the model—a seemingly traditional activity—actually played a radical role in her learning process and ultimate development as an artist.
Ellen G. Landau is an independent art historian and curator. Her important publications include an award-winning monograph, Jackson Pollock (1989); Lee Krasner: A Catalogue Raisonné (1995); Reading Abstract Expressionism: Context and Critique (2005); and Mexico and American Modernism (2013). Her most recent essay is in the Kasmin Gallery catalog for "Lee Krasner Charcoals," exhibited at Art Basel in 2021.