2016-17 Nov – Pollock

January 23rd, 2017

Jackson Pollock  

Docent training on October 27th    (For Nov)­   Training session is held in the library at 7:00PM.  

Jackson Pollock was born in Cody, Wyoming to a working class family with four brothers. He was an eccentric personality and was described as rebellious, and impulsive. He had difficulty in school, but enjoyed drawing, and moved to New York to become an artist. He worked for the Works pollockProgress Administrations Federal Art Project where he assisted with murals, and he studied with Thomas Hart Benton at the New York Art Students League. His paintings were bold and expressive and he was inspired by artists such as Picasso, Miro, Orozco and Siqueros. He developed an original style of non-objective art called drip painting, where he splashed, splattered, and swirled paint onto large canvases on the floor. He was the face of the Abstract Expressionist movement where artists were concerned with personal expression rather than representational subject matter. He led a tumultuous life and struggled with depression, anxiety, and self doubt, but his paintings changed American art culture and brought abstract expressionism to the forefront of the art world.




Washington, DC
National Gallery of Art
Smithsonian American Art Museum

New York, NY
Museum of Modern Art
Metropolitan Museum of Art

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