Eager from the very beginning to try his hand at different techniques that might offer new expressive possibilities, Pollock made twelve lithographs, including Landscape with Steer, between about 1934 and 1937. The subject, a Western scene, speaks to his upbringing in the American West. Pollock's loose gestures and evocative washes and scratches hint at the increasingly experimental direction in which his art was headed. Pollock added color to the second impression using an airbrush, a technique that he may have learned from David Alfaro Siquieros, the Mexican painter and muralist whose New York workshop he frequented at the time.
Gallery label from Jackson Pollock: A Collection Survey, 1934-1954, November 22, 2015–May 1, 2016.