Pollock died in 1956, when he drove his car off the road. Krasner had insisted on their marrying before moving to Springs, and for years the art world knew her best as Mrs. Jackson Pollock, the widow who tended the estate with a careful hand. Slowly, Krasner rewon her independence as an artist. At her death in 1984, she routinely appeared on historians' rosters of the heroic postwar generation of American artists. Though Krasner escaped Pollock's shadow, she always longed for him and for the time when she had been nearly alone in feeling the power of his art.