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Barbara Rose gift reveals Lee Krasner’s playful side
A whimsical paper-bag hand puppet made by Lee Krasner in 1965 has been donated to the Pollock-Krasner House by the distinguished art historian and critic Barbara Rose. “She made it for my daughter Rachel, then two years old,” says Rose, who had met Krasner through their mutual friend, John Bernard Myers, an art dealer who was also a puppeteer. According to Rose, “Lee actually liked kids and had a playful side.”
Krasner’s puppet figure is drawn in felt-tip marker on a paper gift bag, with the bottom fold forming the mouth. Rose identifies the image, with its exaggerated grin and bulbous body, as “one hundred percent Bill de Kooning woman.” She notes that Krasner “was immensely respectful of de Kooning and ranked him number two–after Pollock, of course.”