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Lee Krasner’s Paintings, 1946–49

FROM 1946–49 LEE KRASNER produced a group of major works she calls the Little Image paintings. These works, whose originality and quality entitle their creator to take her place as one of the leading artists of the first generation of Abstract Expressionists, have never been exhibited as a complete body.1 Moreover, the importance of the Little Image paintings in relation to the contemporary works of such artists as Jackson Pollock, Adolph Gottlieb, Mark Tobey, and Bradley Walker Tomlin has never been acknowledged in official circles. This lack of acknowledgment has resulted in a serious underestimation of Krasner’s art.

The Little Image paintings are characterized by an allover format, a tendency to emphasize the actual two dimensionality of the picture plane by creating a surface tension through the illusion of forms moving backward and forward on the canvas, and an unceasing flow of

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