Jackson Pollock. Untitled. 1945

Jackson Pollock

Untitled

1945

Medium
Pastel, gouache, and ink on paper
Dimensions
30 5/8 x 22 3/8" (77.7 x 56.9 cm)
Credit
Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Fund
Object number
13.1958
Copyright
© 2018 Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Department
Drawings and Prints
This work is not on view.
Jackson Pollock has 86 works  online.
There are 15,115 drawings online.

This drawing embodies Pollock's transition from the figurative works of the previous decade to the allover, dripped, and poured compositions that he would begin making only a couple of years later. Two totemic figures face each other, the right one with its leg bent along the bottom of the sheet. By reversing the conventional way of handling figure and ground—the white of the paper is visible inside the outlines of the bodies, while the space between them is blue—Pollock created a shallow space in which the two collapse into a single plane. The calligraphic marks and dimensional splatters further heighten this flatness by drawing attention to the surface of the sheet and imposing an allover linear structure.

Gallery label from Jackson Pollock: A Collection Survey, 1934-1954, November 22, 2015–May 1, 2016

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