Jackson Pollock. Number 7, 1950. 1950

Jackson Pollock

Number 7, 1950

1950

Medium
Oil, enamel, and aluminum paint on canvas
Dimensions
23 1/16" x 8' 9 3/4" (58.5 x 268.6 cm)
Credit
Gift of Sylvia Slifka in honor of William Rubin
Object number
719.1993
Copyright
© 2018 Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Department
Painting and Sculpture
This work is not on view.
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Number 7, 1950 is one of about a dozen long, horizontal paintings that Pollock executed after 1947. Rather unusually, he prepared a rust orange ground for this canvas. It offsets the ribbons of color laid on top, allowing us to follow the order in which he built them up. The long, narrow proportions of the canvas oriented his movements: in a series of flings, he made the calligraphic black, white, and yellow splatters while moving from one end of the composition to the other. This distinguishes Number 7, 1950 from larger, squarer paintings that he worked from all four sides to generate webbed compositions that seem to lack definitive tops and bottoms.

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

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