Jackson Pollock. The She-Wolf. 1943

Jackson Pollock The She-Wolf 1943

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In the early 1940s Pollock, like many of his peers, explored primeval or mythological themes in his work. The wolf in this painting may allude to the animal that suckled the twin founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus, in the myth of the city’s birth. But “She-Wolf came into existence because I had to paint it,” Pollock said in 1944. In an attitude typical of his generation, he added, “Any attempt on my part to say something about it, to attempt explanation of the inexplicable, could only destroy it.” The She-Wolf was featured in Pollock’s first solo exhibition, at Art of This Century gallery in New York in 1943. MoMA acquired the painting the following year, making it the first work by Pollock to enter a museum collection.

Gallery label from Abstract Expressionist New York, October 3, 2010-April 25, 2011
Oil, gouache, and plaster on canvas
41 7/8 x 67" (106.4 x 170.2 cm)
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© 2018 Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Painting and Sculpture

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