Lee Krasner (American, 1908-1984)
oil on canvas, Framed: 238.10 x 471.80 x 8.25 cm (93 11/16 x 185 11/16 x 3 3/16 inches); Unframed: 234.30 x 468.60 cm (92 3/16 x 184 7/16 inches). Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 2003.227
Krasner once proclaimed, "I swing from the lyric to the dramatic,"and her mature style consists of highly gestural brushwork that can be alternately blissful and ferocious within the same composition. Celebration embodies this approach particularly well, combining gentler organic shapes with frenzied thrusts, whiplashes, and spatters of paint. Its expansive scale fills the visual field of observers who stand a customary distance from it, providing an uncanny experience of envelopment.