Art of the 20th Century

 



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Jackson Pollock



 


 

Jackson Pollock

Birth Year : 1912
Death Year : 1956
Country : US

Jackson Pollock, who was born in Cody, Wyoming, lived in Arizona and California until 1929. He took his first lessons in art at the Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles. Pollock came to New York to study at the Art Students League and worked under Thomas Hart Benton during the years 1929 to 1931. He began his career as an artist during the depression years and worked for the Federal Arts Project in New York from 1938 to 1942. He then moved to Huntington, Long Island. Pollock's early painting was expressionistically realistic and then surrealistic in style. However, by the early 1940's his work had become completely abstract expressionist in character with no figuration at all. This was an expression of the isolation of the painter in the modern world: painting itself is the subject matter of these works, a concept that must be accepted by the viewer before he can begin to understand or appreciate this highly intellectual form of art. In 1951-52 Pollock reintroduced the semblance of anatomical imagery into his abstract work. Pollock's art was a violent, romantic revolt in which the artist himself was irrevocably involved, for he was completely committed to the act of painting in itself, to the possibilities inherent in paint, and to the results of the interactions between himself and his medium. When he flung his paint at the canvas, he energetically directed it, fought with it, and either won or lost the battle. The result is a painting that moves dynamically in all directions, from the inner to the outer surface. A freedom of expression resulted that revolutionized mid-twentieth-century art both in the United States and in Europe, creating a new expansion and a new impetus for the solution, through art, of modern man's struggle in the modern world. Pollock's career was tragically cut short by his death in an automobile accident.

 

 

Going West


 

Cottonpickers


 

Head


 

Hombre y mujer


 

Blue (Moby Dick)


 


La mujer luna


 


Male and Female


 


Night Sounds


 


Stenographic Figure



 


The Flame



 


The Key



 


The Tea Cup



 


The White Angel



 


Totem Lesson 1



 


Totem Lesson 2



 


Untitled



 


Composition with Ritual Scene



 


Naked Man with Knife



 


Woman



 


Autumn Rhythm: Number 30
1950




 


Blue Poles: Number 11



 


Bosque encantado



 


Burning Landscape



 


Circuncision



 


Convergence



 


Croaking Movement
 

 

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