Blue Poles Number 11, 1952 (1952) by Jackson Pollock

Blue Poles Number 11, 1952 - Jackson Pollock - 1952

Artwork Information

TitleBlue Poles Number 11, 1952
ArtistJackson Pollock
MediumEnamel on Canvas
Dimensions212.1 x 488.2 cm
Art MovementAction painting
Current LocationNational Gallery of Australia (NGA), Canberra, Australia

About Blue Poles Number 11, 1952

“Blue Poles Number 11, 1952” is an iconic piece of art created by influential American painter Jackson Pollock in 1952. It utilizes enamel paint on canvas as its medium, embodying the expressive style of action painting for which Pollock is renowned. The artwork spans a large dimension of 212.1 by 488.2 centimeters and falls under the abstract genre. It is a pivotal example of 20th-century abstract expressionism and currently resides in the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, Australia.

The artwork is characterized by its dynamic and rhythmic visual complexity, featuring an array of colors interwoven with energetic drips, splatters, and strokes. Dominating the composition are several vertical blue poles or lines that appear to pierce through the layers of paint. These poles lend a semblance of structure amidst the chaotic array of yellows, oranges, whites, and grays that swirl across the canvas. Pollock’s unique technique—often described as “drip painting”—allowed him to channel his movements directly onto the canvas, thereby breaking away from traditional methods of brushwork. The resulting piece is a vibrant, textured surface that captures a sense of motion and depth, inviting viewers to experience a fusion of color and emotion that edges beyond the confines of conventional art forms.

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