About the Artist
Jackson Pollock's mythic reputation rests largely on the artistic breakthrough of his large action paintings made between 1947 and 1951, as well as on his dramatic life and death. He studied in New York at the Art Students League under Thomas Hart Benton, the leading American Scene painter and a staunch opponent of European modernism. Pollock absorbed Benton's technique of focusing his compositions around twisting countershifts, a method which would later lead Pollock to new artistic directions that would redefine the course of modern art. Pollock's complex imagery derived from diverse sources including Navajo sand painting, Asian calligraphy, and personal revelations stemming from his psychotherapy sessions. From the 1930s to the early 1940s Pollock's style evolved from a dark, turbulent form of regionalism to a more freely rendered abstract expressionism. During the next decade Pollock developed his monumentally influential "poured" paintings by dripping and flinging intricate layers of paint all over his canvases.
This print is a reproduction of Jackson Pollock's Unititled (1951), included in the exhibition Modern American Prints and Drawings from the Kainen Collection. This work belongs to a series in which Pollock dripped black ink onto the top sheet of a stack of thin Japanese papers, allowing the ink to seep through to underlying sheets. In this instance, he turned one of the sheets over and added black and sepia ink to the back.
- 11 x 14 inches (print)
- 8 x 12.4 inches (image)