Born in Brooklyn, Lee Krasner declared her intention to be an artist as a child. She began studying at Cooper Union in 1926, and continued her work at the National Academy of Design in 1929. In 1937, she entered the studio of the painter Hans Hofmann, who encouraged her focus on colour and lyrical abstraction. While Krasner's work always retained the influence of her early interest in Realism and Surrealism, abstraction became her dominant mode of expression from this point on. During the 1940s, Krasner was among the group of first-generation Abstract Expressionists working in New York, although her considerable achievements at that time were often eclipsed by those of her famous husband, Jackson Pollock.


Throughout the next two decades, Krasner created intensely wrought paintings and collages characterised by gestural brushwork, rich surface texture, and allover rhythmic movement. Krasner's later work, from the 1970s and 1980s, reflected a new direction toward colourful compositions with large, flat, "cut-out" shapes and very little surface texture.

Krasner created just 23 prints in her lifetime, all between 1962 and 1975, however later in life she often incorporated cut-out pieces of her earlier prints in collage works.