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Lee Krasner
Composition
1943
oil
30 1/8 x 24 1/4 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase made possible by Mrs. Otto L. Spaeth, David S. Purvis, and anonymous donors and through the Director's Discretionary Fund



Trapezoids and triangles suggest leaves and fruit, but the forms also recall Krasner's nude studies. The resulting image is neither plant nor human, but an unexpected combination of the two. Krasner signed this painting "Krassner," with a double "s," which she later dropped.