Lee Kranser was born on October 27, 1908 in Brooklyn, New York. From a young age, Krasner knew she wanted to be an artist and worked hard to attend the Washington Irving High School for Girls, as it was one of the few schools that offered art education to girls. She went on to first attended the Women’s Art School of Cooper Union before completing her degree at the prestigious National Academy of Design in 1932. While initially painting in a classical style, Krasner was highly influenced by the opening of the Museum of Modern Art and soon began painting in an advanced neo-cubist style. Her career was stifled by the onset of the Great Depression, and she was forced to return to realism as a mural painter for the WPA and later the War Services department. She turned to her iconic style after joining the Abstract Style, and after her relationship with fellow painter Jackson Pollock began.