Guardians Of The Secret (1943) by Jackson Pollock

Guardians Of The Secret - Jackson Pollock - 1943

Artwork Information

TitleGuardians Of The Secret
ArtistJackson Pollock
MediumOil On Canvas
Dimensions48 3/8 in x 6 ft 3 3/8 in. (122.9 x 191.5 cm)
Current LocationSan Francisco Museum Of Modern Art

About Guardians Of The Secret

Guardians of the Secret is a painting created by Jackson Pollock in 1943 that draws on influences from various artistic styles, including Native American art, Jungian mythology, African art, prehistoric art, and the works of MirĂ³ and Picasso. The painting was created through a surrealist technique involving tapping into the unconscious mind to create spontaneous and direct artwork.

Many analysts believe that Guardians of the Secret represents a metaphor for the emergence of unconscious impulses into conscious thought. This interpretation suggests that Pollock drew upon his knowledge of Jungian psychology to create this piece. The painting was one of the most discussed artworks in Pollock’s first solo show at New York’s Guggenheim in 1943.

Guardians of the Secret is significant for its experimental techniques and incorporation of both traditional and contemporary styles. Moreover, it reflects some themes commonly found in Pollock’s paintings such as instincts, authentic self-expressionism unburdened by intellect or conventionality. It also shows traces of reflecting human turmoil amidst pain-driven action painted with energy-charged moments which went beyond physical limitations towards imaginative creation without bounds as made evident through his focus on intuition more than any intellectualization process when creating paintings such as this one. In summary, Guardians Of The Secret presents an iconic representation not only specific to Jackson Pollock but also to abstract expressionism itself that has influenced many artists across history since then up until now.

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