Jackson Pollock, Lavender Mist: Number 1, 1950 (primary source art with interpretive questions)

 Jackson Pollock

This document provides a brief biography of Jackson Pollock and his style of painting. Jackson Pollock was one of the leading exponents of Abstract Expressionism.  In 1947, Pollock perfected the “drip” painting technique that became his artistic hallmark. Abandoning the traditional easel, Pollock placed a canvas on the floor or a wall and then poured or dripped paint directly from the can.  He manipulated the paint with knives or sticks instead of brushes.  Often applying several layers of paint and occasionally mixing in sand or other foreign objects, Pollock usually took weeks to finish a painting.  Rejecting the notion that art should have political or social meaning, Pollock saw painting as a personal expression of one’s unconscious.  In addition, this selection includes interpretive questions.


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