Jackson Pollock. The Flame. c. 1934-38

Jackson Pollock

The Flame

c. 1934-38

Oil on canvas mounted on fiberboard
20 1/2 x 30" (51.1 x 76.2 cm)
Enid A. Haupt Fund
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.

Fire—its primordial allure, flickering light, and raw energy—was a subject that offered much to Pollock. This image of blazing flames obscuring what appears to be a skeleton in the foreground was likely influenced by the scenes of flames and human sacrifice in José Clemente Orozco's famous mural at Dartmouth College, The Epic of American Civilization (1932-34), which Pollock had visited in 1936. Pollock used vigorous brushstrokes and rhythmic, interlocking forms to create a quasi-abstract, allover composition that anticipates, however crudely, the breakthroughs he would achieve a decade later.

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

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