Jackson Pollock. One: Number 31, 1950. 1950

Jackson Pollock One: Number 31, 1950 1950

The Museum of Modern Art, Floor 5, Collection Galleries

This is one of three wall-size paintings that Pollock realized in swift succession in the summer and autumn of 1950. In 1947, Pollock began laying canvas on the floor and pouring, dribbling, and flicking enamel paint onto the surface, sometimes straight from the can, or with sticks and stiffened brushes. The density of interlacing liquid threads of paint is balanced and offset by puddles of muted colors and by allover spattering. The pictorial result of this tension is a landmark in the history of Abstract Expressionism.

Gallery label from 2006
Oil and enamel paint on canvas
8' 10" x 17' 5 5/8" (269.5 x 530.8 cm)
Sidney and Harriet Janis Collection Fund (by exchange). Conservation was made possible by the Bank of America Art Conservation Project
Object number
© 2018 Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Painting and Sculpture

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