Jackson Pollock: Mural, Poster

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. 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 over his canvases.

Jackson Pollock: Mural, Poster

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Mural (1943) is Jackson Pollock’s largest work at nearly 20 feet long, and represents a major turning point in the artist’s career and style. Originally commissioned by Peggy Guggenheim for her New York City town house, the painting is making its debut in Washington, DC, this year, on loan to the Gallery from the University of Iowa Museum of Art. This special installation in the East Building also showcases paintings and works on paper by Pollock from the Gallery’s collection, including Number 1, 1950 (Lavender Mist) (1950).
  • 38 x 19 inches


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