Jackson Pollock Analysis

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I chose to do my paper over Jackson Pollock; he is a famous and iconic American abstract expressionist painter. The two works of art I am analyzing by Pollock is his “untitled” piece from 1950 found in my text book, and “Portrait and a dream” on view at the Dallas Museum of Art. After observing both his piece in the text and at the museum I noticed a couple repeated visual elements. First, I noticed that Pollock used a lot of contour lines throughout both his works; this gave me a feeling of chaos while viewing the two works of art. Also, he used a lot of direction in his pieces; more specifically he uses oblique direction which gave me sense of action, force, and movement. The oblique direction gave the two works of art a touch of spontaneity. Another thing I noticed repeated was the use of the color black by Pollock. It definitely appeared to me as if Pollock had a natural affinity towards the color black and preferred to use it in his works. As a viewer looking at all that black color usage, I got the notion of mystery and complexity, as if the artist had something he was trying to hide or perhaps could not express. The oblique direction, color black and the contour lines are used repeatedly throughout both the pieces however I found it interesting to note that only the color black was used on one half of “Portrait and a Dream” and that half felt the most chaotic, mysterious, and complex. The most commonly used artistic method was action painting by the artist. Action
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