Thursday, September 22, 2011

Pollock-Krasner House - Springs (East Hampton), NY


Pollock-Krasner House

Since college it has been a dream of mine to visit the house and studio of Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner. While visiting East Hampton I was able to stop through and look around thanks to Morgan's mom, Emily. There was an unexplained energy that loomed throughout the property, both inside and out. Jackson and Lee purchased the property in the winter of 1945 with the help of Peggy Guggenheim. They painted in the home studio that winter, converting two of the upstairs rooms into studios. Jackson's work outgrew his space and he began painting in the barn studio in 1946. He painted all of his famous "drip paintings" in the barn studio, where he continued to work until his death in 1956. After Jackson's passing, Lee took over the barn studio where she completed some of her best paintings. She continued to paint in the barn studio until her death in 1984.

The experience of walking through the house, barn studio, and grounds was one that I will never forget. I feel so lucky to have visited this historic place with Morgan and his Mom, Emily, one of the last people from an almost forgotten era of artists and writers in East Hampton. Our next stop was the Green River Cemetery; the final resting place of Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Harold Rosenberg, Joseph Liss, and many other prominent artists and writers of the early to mid 1900s. We eventually landed on the shores of Louse Point, where Mark Rothko painted many of his "color field" paintings. It may be the most beautiful place I've ever set foot. Enjoy.

Barn Studio

Barn Studio Floor


Pollock-Krasner anchor


Portrait of Lee Krasner

Lee Krasner headstone

Jackson Pollock headstone

Louse Point, NY

2 comments:

  1. VERY interesting! thanks for sharing friends! xox

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  2. really love this post. i had a similar feeling of awe when walking through georgia o keefe's home and studio space in abiquiu. amazing to see the context behind the work. also particularly enjoyable to read across the table from the two of you! xo

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