LEE KRASNER “PEACE PORTFOLIO” LITHOGRAPH, 1970

In recent years, there has been a concerted effort by scholars, dealers, and curators to reexamine the canon of art history in hopes of including (and reevaluating) more female artists. One of the artists that have been at the forefront of this new mentality and activity is unquestionably Lee Krasner (1908-1984).

How and why has she been marginalized from the narrative surrounding the development and importance of Abstract Expressionism is finally being addressed. And finally, she is being appraised as an important contributor to American abstraction and not simply Jackson Pollock's wife. 

We highly recommend Gail Levin's biography of Lee Krasner.

This work, a paradigm of Lee Krasner's signature gestural style, was published in 1970 by the Academic and Professional Action Committee for a Responsible Congress. It was included in the “Peace Portfolio I” a fundraiser for “the politics of peace”.

Many of the most high-profile American artists of the 1960s lent their voices and artwork to opposing the Vietnam War. Some of the other artists included in this legendary portfolio include Adolph Gottlieb, Robert Motherwell, Robert Rauschenberg, among others.  

As with the best of Krasner's prints, this work embraces the same stylistic qualities as her paintings. The dense, monochromatic forms and gestural shapes that ripple across the page are accelerated by the surrounding negative space, creating a striking and well-balanced composition.

Unlike many of her contemporaries, Krasner created only a handful of prints during her lifetime, all of which were completed between the years 1962-1975. Although she would not return to printmaking, Krasner continued to use her existing prints as the foundation for her iconic collages over the following years. 

As Krasner's paintings are selling for upwards of $2 million, her lithographs are a must-have for the young collector passionate about American Abstract Expressionism. 

In the spirit of the portfolio, Caviar20 will donate $250 from each sale to Doctors without Borders, who are providing essential aid in response to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

Questions about this artwork? Contact us or call +1.416.704.1720 

Untitled (from the Peace Portfolio I)

USA, 1970

Lithograph on Arches paper

Numbered and signed by artist 

From an edition of 175

21"H 26"W (work)

Very good condition

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