Jackson Pollock. Circle. c. 1938-41

Jackson Pollock


c. 1938-41

Oil on composition board
12 3/4 x 12" (32.2 x 30.5 cm)
Gift of Lee Krasner in memory of Jackson Pollock
Object number
© 2018 Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Painting and Sculpture
This work is not on view.
Jackson Pollock has 86 works  online.
There are 2,383 paintings online.

This painting incorporates imagery from a range of sources. For example, the serpent was a symbol widely used in Mesoamerican and Native American art, and in the work of Mexican muralist José Clemente Orozco, all of which Pollock was studying in these years. The painting's round format may relate to the theories of the Swiss psychotherapist Carl Jung, passed to the artist by therapists who treated his alcoholism. Circle resembles a mandala, which, in Jungian terms, is a universal symbol that denotes the psyche and can be a means to access the unconscious.

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

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