Jackson Pollock Painting

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Throughout history, many artworks have been strongly recognized and have greatly impacted society today. I will be discussing the works Number 1, 1949 by Jackson Pollock and The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh. While researching, these artists have undoubtedly influenced other creators and art movements with their works through their lives of exploring art. When I first laid eyes on the work of art called Number 1, 1949 by Jackson Pollock, I was instantly reminded of another one of his pieces titled Autumn Rhythm, which I have previously studied and admired in a humanities course. They are somewhat similar at a glance, but when observing closely or side by side, the works contain several major differences. The year before Number 1, 1949…show more content…
While an upstretched canvas laid on the floor of his workroom, Pollock doused, dripped, and poured paints over the large piece, which is 63 X 120 1/2inches. ("Number 1, 1949" par. 1) The work accompanies several colors including blue, red, green, pink, yellow, black, white, and gray. The work of art is nonrepresentational and has no subject matter. Numbering the work allows the viewers to wonder and decide for themselves and truly see the pure painting for itself. For me, the painting appears to be busy but also reflects the human condition of happy in behalf of the many colors. This particular piece is important, worthy of attention, and can be closely connected with individuals today and in the future as it was in the past when it was created. It gives observers the opportunity to exercise their imagination, study, view, and enjoy the painting for what it is, instead of having the influence of a title to depict the inspiration behind it. Through these types of works, Pollock pitched in and played a big part on the Abstract Expressionism movement after World War II in New York City ("The Impact of Abstract Expressionism" par.…show more content…
1) but, as an artist, chose to change it to his middle and last name (par. 3). He was originally born in Cody, Wyoming, on January 28, 1912, but less than a year after his birth, Pollock’s parents and four older siblings moved a total of 9 times in California and Arizona for the next sixteen years. After this, the family settled in Los Angeles, California, where he attended a Manual Arts High School. Pollock was trained in drawing, painting, exposed to European Modern Art, and the Theosophical Society. (par. 2) Two years later, he made the decision to move in with his brother Charles whom had lived in New York for the past 8 years and proceeded to attend his brother’s art school until 1933. When becoming extremely poor and moving around (par. 3), Pollock obtained a job at the WPA Federal Art Project. This is where he began to flourish and advance in his work with major impact from his teacher Albert Pinkham Ryder, which “consisted mostly of small landscapes and figurative scenes.” (par. 4) Later in life, after receiving medical care for alcoholism, being affected by a nervous breakdown (par. 5), earning a contract from a New York gallery (par. 6), and getting married (par.7), Pollock began making works like Number 1, 1949 in 1947 (par.8) until he passed away in 1956 (par. 9). Previously, before Jackson Pollock was born, another great artist, by the name of Vincent Van Gogh, lived and created a very well-known work
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