Jackson Pollock

Jackson Pollock

A leading figure of Abstract Expressionism, Jackson Pollock gained renown for his signature “drip” paintings, for which he poured and flung paint directly onto unstretched canvas laid on his studio floor. The painter was born in 1912 in Cody, Wyoming, and later moved to New York where he studied at the Art Students League. Under the New Deal, he produced murals for the Works Progress Administration, and was greatly influenced by the work of Mexican mural painters David Alfaro Siquieros and Diego Rivera. Pollock exhibited widely and to great acclaim during his lifetime, though he died suddenly in a car accident in 1956, at the age of 44. That same year, the artist had his first retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, followed by two other surveys at the museum in 1967 and 1999. His work is included in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Museum of Contemporary Art, LA, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

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