Jackson Pollock. Untitled (8), state I of II. 1944–1945

Jackson Pollock

Untitled (8), state I of II


Engraving and drypoint
plate: 11 13/16 x 9" (30 x 22.8 cm); sheet: 18 13/16 x 12 1/4" (47.8 x 31.1 cm)
the artist at Atelier 17, New York
unique trial proof before the 1967 posthumous proofs
Gift of Lee Krasner Pollock
Object number
© 2018 Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Drawings and Prints
This work is not on view.
Jackson Pollock has 86 works  online.
There are 21,549 prints online.

From 1944 to 1945, Pollock made a group of eleven engravings (a type of print in which lines are incised into a metal plate with a sharp-pointed tool). He worked on them sporadically over several months at Atelier 17, a print workshop transplanted from Paris to New York during World War II by the British emigré printmaker Stanley William Hayter. Hayter encouraged automatist techniques influenced by Surrealist ideas, for example, moving the plate around while the engraving tool remains still, which allows for spontaneous generation of line and composition.

Pollock's engravings were never shown during his lifetime. Ten years after his death, his widow Lee Krasner found them, along with nine of the eleven plates from which they were printed, in his barn studio; she donated them to MoMA in 1969.

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

If you would like to reproduce an image of a work of art in MoMA's collection, or an image of a MoMA publication or archival material (including installation views, checklists, and press releases), please contact Art Resource (publication in North America) or Scala Archives (publication in all other geographic locations).

If you would like to license audio or video footage produced by MoMA, please contact Scala Archives (all geographic locations) at firenze@scalarchives.com.

If you would like to reproduce text from a MoMA publication or moma.org, please email text_permissions@moma.org. If you would like to publish text from MoMA's archival materials, please fill out this permission form and send to archives@moma.org.

This record is a work in progress. If you have additional information or spotted an error, please send feedback to digital@moma.org.