Full Fathom Five (1947) by Jackson Pollock

Full Fathom Five - Jackson Pollock - 1947

Artwork Information

TitleFull Fathom Five
ArtistJackson Pollock
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions50 7/8 x 30 1/8 in (129.2 x 76.5 cm)
Art MovementAction painting
Current LocationThe Museum of Modern Art, New York

About Full Fathom Five

“Full Fathom Five,” an oil on canvas artwork created by Jackson Pollock in 1947, exemplifies the action painting technique within the abstract genre. Measuring 50 7/8 x 30 1/8 inches (129.2 x 76.5 cm), this piece is housed in The Museum of Modern Art in New York. As part of the abstract expressionist movement, Pollock’s piece is distinguished by its vigorous application of paint and its embrace of spontaneity.

The artwork displays a dense, textured surface, rich with layers of paint that intertwine and overlap in a seemingly chaotic manner. The heavy impasto creates a tactile, three-dimensional effect that invites viewers to contemplate the materiality of the paint and the physical act of painting. A spectrum of colors weaves through the canvas, with splatters, drips, and strokes forming a complex, intertwined network. The dynamic interplay of colors, shapes, and textures draws the observer into an examination of the relationship between artist, medium, and canvas. While not depicting any recognizable form or scene, Pollock’s “Full Fathom Five” challenges the audience to explore the depth of emotion and subconscious creativity inherent in abstract expressionism.

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