by Joan M. Rehlin
Jackson Pollock (1/28/12–8/11/56) was a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement who enjoyed considerable fame during his lifetime, even though his distinctive mural-sized drip paintings initially received mixed reactions and limited sales success. Nature, specifically eelgrass marshes with their watery light, was an inspiration for Pollock whose unique style wasn’t absolutely spontaneous, as he would often retouch the drips with a brush and wasn't afraid to alter his work.
Pollock stated: “Abstract painting is abstract. It confronts you. There was a reviewer awhile back who wrote that my pictures didn’t have any beginning or any end. He didn’t mean it as a compliment, but it was. It was a fine compliment.” According to his wife, Lee Krasner, Pollock switched from naming to numbering his works to “make people look at a picture for what it is—pure painting." Pollock's Number One (shown here) is currently in the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
Number One, 1949, paint on canvas, by Jackson Pollock
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