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Jackson Pollock is one of the most famous and commercial artists of the 20th century. Known for his extravagant technique on large canvases, Pollock was a leading figure for the abstract expressionistic art of the 50s. His paintings were the symbol, not only for the art and the artists of the postwar era, but for the culture, the society and the politic scene in America, as well.

And while his involvement in the abstract expressionistic movement, and the work he produced during the 50s, is what made Pollock a known and successful artist, the technique and themes of his earlier works are not even close to the conscienceless expression of his action painting.

After his studies at the Art Students’ League, New York, he worked with the regionalist painter Thomas Hart Benton. Apart from regionalism, Pollock also got influenced by surrealism, while the works of Mexican muralist painters, like Diego Riviera, inspired his early painting technique.

In these works below, you will notice the restlessness of Pollock’s painting, as he maniacally experiments on how, what and why he should paint. Constantly questioning and changing everything in his style, his abstract brushstrokes showcase how he felt the need to move, making random artistic gestures, instead of creating according to a drawing scheme.

 

pollock.male-female

Male and Female
1942

pollock.moon-woman

The Moon-Woman
1942

pollock.stenographic

Stenographic Figure
1942

pollock.moby-dick

Blue (Moby Dick)
c. 1943

pollock.she-wolf

The She-Wolf
1943

pollock.eyes-heat

Eyes in the Heat
1946

pollock.key

The Key
1946

pollock.tea-cup

The Tea Cup
1946

pollock.shimmering

Shimmering Substance
1946

pollock.number-8

Number 8, 1949 (detail)
1949

pollock.easter-totem

Easter and the Totem
1953

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