Enchanted Forest (1947) by Jackson Pollock

Enchanted Forest - Jackson Pollock - 1947

Artwork Information

TitleEnchanted Forest
ArtistJackson Pollock
Dimensions114.6 x 221.3 cm
Art MovementAction painting
Current LocationSolomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, NY, US

About Enchanted Forest

Jackson Pollock’s “Enchanted Forest,” created in 1947, is an abstract painting utilizing oil on canvas and is a prime example of the Action painting movement. The artwork, which measures 114.6 cm by 221.3 cm, is housed in the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, located in New York City, NY, US.

The artwork presents a complex, entangled vision of overlapping lines and splatters, dominating the canvas with an intricate array of black, white, and hints of red pigments. Pollock’s technique involves dynamically pouring, dripping, and flicking paint onto the canvas, which is laid flat on the ground—a hallmark of his innovative approach that breaks with traditional methods of brushwork. The lack of a clear focal point or discernible subject matter challenges traditional notions of representation in art, inviting the viewer to contemplate the piece as a pure expression of energy, emotion, and the physical act of painting itself. The gestural brushstrokes and the seemingly chaotic composition exemplify the vigorous and spontaneous creation process, capturing the essence of Action painting where the act of making the artwork becomes its primary subject.

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