Jackson Pollock. Gothic. 1944

Jackson Pollock

Gothic

1944

Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
7' 5/8" x 56" (215.5 x 142.1 cm)
Credit
Bequest of Lee Krasner
Object number
533.1984
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 2,374 paintings online.

While bordering on abstraction, Gothic still contains hints of figuration, which materialize as a jumble of faces, hands, and swinging, jutting limbs. Pollock told one critic that his composition was based on Pablo Picasso's 1907 masterpiece, Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, which he would have seen at MoMA. Pollock's black lines create an almost architectural scaffolding that recalls the cluster of totemic figures and arching forms in Picasso's proto-Cubist brothel scene.

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

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