Jackson Pollock. White Light. 1954

Jackson Pollock White Light 1954

Floor 5, Collection Galleries

White Light is one of Pollock's last paintings and the only one he completed in 1954. He made it in part by squeezing paint directly from a tube onto the canvas evident in the sculptural white and black tendrils of paint that constitute the top layers. He also used a brush, creating subtle marbling effects by manipulating wet paint in certain areas. Though Pollock was tormented by an artistic block he would never overcome, White Light sparkles, and one reviewer described it as having "a blazing, acrid and dangerous glamor of a legendary kind."

Gallery label from Jackson Pollock: A Collection Survey, 1934-1954, November 22, 2015–May 1, 2016
Medium
Oil, enamel, and aluminum paint on canvas
Dimensions
48 1/4 x 38 1/4" (122.4 x 96.9 cm)
Credit
The Sidney and Harriet Janis Collection
Object number
337.1967
Copyright
© 2018 Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Department
Painting and Sculpture