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Season 1 Episode 3

Jackson Pollock

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Jackson Pollock
Painter, born in Cody, Wyoming, USA. He grew up in Wyoming and California, and later moved to New York City. His paintings of the 1930s, such as 'Birth' (1937), anticipate the turbulent impasto and sexual imagery of his later work. His first major exhibition was organized by Peggy Guggenheim (1943) when he was using mythological themes, as seen in 'The She Wolf' (1943). In c.1946 he settled in Easthampton, Long Island, and began his critically acclaimed abstract work exemplified by 'Full Fathom Five' (1947). The spatter-and-drip technique used on his large canvases (1945-55) established his reputation as a major abstract expressionistic painter. This 'drip-splash' method of painting, though in reality only lasting about 4 years, is the style with which he is synonymous. With his canvas lying flat to the floor, Pollock would stand over it and slosh paint in dribbly tickles all over it, disguising the 'beginning' or focus point, leading the eye in a frenzy over the colorful, abstract design. He also explored figurative studies, but shortly before his death in an automobile accident he reclaimed his interest in action painting. Macho and misunderstood, Pollock is one of American art's most tragic legends and is seen as a commanding figure of the Abstract-expressionist movement.moreless
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