Exploring Lee Krasner’s Mastery of Space and Feminist Legacy

Lee Krasner, a pioneer of Abstract Expressionism and an unsung hero of the art world, left an indelible mark on the canvas of history through her bold exploration of space and her enduring feminist legacy. She was not only a trailblazing artist but also a fierce advocate for equality and recognition in a male-dominated art scene.

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Lee Krasner, “Portrait in Green” (1966), oil on canvas, 55 1⁄4 x 94 1⁄4 inches (all images © Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society [ARS]
Krasner’s use of space is intriguing. In her compositions, she deftly balances elements of chaos and order, creating dynamic interplays of form and movement. From her early works characterized by tight, geometric shapes to her later, expansive canvases filled with energetic gestural marks, Krasner’s mastery of space transcends conventional boundaries. She invites viewers into a world of exploration, where the boundaries between foreground and background blur, and canvas seems to come to life.

At the heart of Krasner’s artistic journey lies her commitment to gender equality. In an era where women artists faced systemic discrimination and marginalization, Krasner refused to be silenced or sidelined. Through her art and activism, she shattered stereotypes and paved the way for future generations of female artists to claim their rightful place in art history and the art world.

As I celebrate Lee Krasner’s contributions, I recognize the unfinished work of achieving true equality and representation in the arts. We must amplify the voices of marginalized artists and continue to challenge the structures of power and privilege that perpetuate inequality. Krasner’s fearless spirit and unapologetic passion inspires as we strive to create a more inclusive and equitable art world for generations to come.


As a tribute to Lee Krasner’s enduring legacy and her invaluable contributions to the feminist lineage of art, I created a drawing (left) inspired by her fearless spirit and innovative approach to space. We must continue to document and pay homage to the feminist trailblazers who have paved the way for future generations of artists, ensuring that their voices are heard and their legacies are preserved.