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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Pollock, Jackson


"Blue Poles: Number 11, 1952"
1952
Enamel and aluminium paint with glass on canvas
212.09 x 488.95 cm
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Paul Jackson Pollock (1912 – 1956) was an influential American painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement.
During his lifetime, Pollock enjoyed considerable fame and notoriety.
He was regarded as a mostly reclusive artist.
He had a volatile personality, and struggled with alcoholism for most of his life.
Blue Poles: Number 11, 1952 is considered to be Pollock's most important painting.
"When I am in my painting, I'm not aware of what I'm doing. It is only after a sort of 'get acquainted' period that I see what I have been about."