Ray Eames images in “Lee Krasner: Living Colour”

Posted July 1, 2019

May 30 – September 1, 2019: The Barbican Gallery’s wonderful retrospective on Lee Krasner features numerous photographs of the painter taken by Ray Eames.

Lee Krasner cutting up her early drawings from classes with Hans Hofmann. She reused the pieces as collage material on which to paint. Image by Ray Eames.

Ray Eames and Lee Krasner became close friends and colleagues in the 1930s while studying with the renowned painter, Hans Hofmann.

After Ray moved to Los Angeles with Charles, the women frequently kept in touch. A letter from Lee to Ray on July 28, 1941, says, “Are you sending anything to this Carnegie show—I am and I wish you would—I’m not counting too much on an acceptance but what the hell they said there’s room for abstraction—Send something will you please?”

The two stayed friends for the remainder of their lives. When Ray visited New York, she sometimes photographed Lee working at her house and studio in Springs, Long Island. Lee Krasner went on to become a pioneer of Abstract Expressionism. Several of the photos Ray took of her can be seen in the Barbican’s exhibition titled Lee Krasner: Living Color.

The show is a celebration of the artist’s life and work. It highlights her early self-portraits, ‘Little Image’ paintings from the 1940s, her collages, and her large-scale abstract paintings. The exhibition marks the first major presentation of Lee Krasner’s work in Europe in more than 50 years.

Discover more about the famed painter, whose importance has too often been eclipsed by her marriage to Jackson Pollock. And, see for yourself how she liked “a canvas to breathe and be alive.”



Lee Krasner: Living Colour
May 30 – September 1, 2019

Barbican Art Gallery
Barbican Centre
Silk Street, London

All images in this blog are by Ray Eames. From the Work of Charles and Ray Eames at the Library of Congress.