Jackson Pollock. Untitled. (c. 1944)

Jackson Pollock

Untitled

(c. 1944)

Medium
Ink on paper
Dimensions
20 5/8 x 25 7/8" (52.5 x 65.8 cm)
Credit
Gift of Samuel I. Rosenman (by exchange)
Object number
713.1980
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 15,095 drawings online.

The dream-like images on this sheet demonstrate how Pollock improvised as he worked. What were perhaps free-form lines in the center of the sheet, for example, became a reclining female figure once he added details that suggest a breast. And in the lower left corner, a face materializes from dense scribbles that obscure a bird with outstretched wings. A balance of chance and intention, this approach was influenced by the Surrealist practice of automatic drawing, in which the hand moves unfettered by the conscious mind.

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

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