Jackson Pollock. There Were Seven in Eight. c. 1945

Jackson Pollock

There Were Seven in Eight

c. 1945

Medium
Oil, enamel and casein on canvas
Dimensions
43" x 8' 6" (109.2 x 259.1 cm)
Credit
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Bareiss Fund and purchase
Object number
429.1980
Copyright
© 2017 Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Department
Painting and Sculpture
This work is not on view.
Jackson Pollock has 86 works online.
There are 2,326 paintings online.

Pollock made this painting over a period of several months. He started with figurative imagery, and later superimposed a network of black lines in order "to veil the image." His "veil" is spread evenly across the canvas, preventing any center or focal point from emerging, although snakes, eyes, and facesclassic Pollock motifsflicker beneath the dense thicket of lines. This new compositional structure helped him to abandon his pursuit of a symbolic vocabulary and begin making progressively nonrepresentational works.

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

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