Circumcision January (1946) by Jackson Pollock

Circumcision January - Jackson Pollock - 1946

Artwork Information

TitleCircumcision January
ArtistJackson Pollock
Dimensions1423 x 168 cm
Art MovementAbstract Expressionism
Current LocationPeggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy

About Circumcision January

The artwork titled “Circumcision January” is a creation of Jackson Pollock from the year 1946. This abstract painting, which falls under the Abstract Expressionism movement, is crafted using oil on canvas. The substantial dimensions of the artwork are 1423 x 168 cm, and it currently resides in the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy. The genre of this piece is abstract, which eschews representational accuracy to instead focus on shapes, colors, and forms to achieve its effect.

The artwork in question exudes the characteristic energy and dynamic visual language that Jackson Pollock is famed for. Dominated by swirling, frenetic lines and a riot of colors, the painting disregards traditional narrative in favor of a tactile and emotive experience. Frenzied blacks, reds, yellows, and whites interlace and overlap, with formlessness prevailing over any distinct form. The gestural brushstrokes are bold and appear almost aggressive, creating a composition that teeters on the edge of chaos yet retains a magnetic cohesion. Pollock’s technique in this piece prefigures the ‘drip paintings’ that he would later become renowned for, showcasing a transitional moment in his artistic exploration. Despite the abstract nature of the work, one may perceive a sense of rhythm and motion, suggesting an internal dialogue or an unfolding dramatic event concealed within the abstract forms.

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