Mural (1943) by Jackson Pollock

Mural - Jackson Pollock - 1943

Artwork Information

ArtistJackson Pollock
Dimensions247 x 605 cm
Art MovementAbstract Expressionism
Current LocationUniversity of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, IA, US

About Mural

The artwork titled “Mural,” created by Jackson Pollock in 1943, stands as a significant piece within the art movement of Abstract Expressionism. Executed in oil on canvas, it measures 247 x 605 cm and exudes an abstract genre that is indicative of Pollock’s distinctive style. Currently housed at the University of Iowa Museum of Art in Iowa City, IA, USA, “Mural” is renowned for its large scale and the dynamic visual experience it provides.

The artwork is a vast expanse of energetic and intricate brush strokes, a hallmark of Pollock’s technique. The canvas is teeming with a vigorous interplay of lines and forms that seem to be in constant motion. There is a rhythmic quality to the piece, with swirls, splatters, and drips creating a sense of depth and intensity. A multitude of colors blend and clash across the composition, their boldness contributing to the artwork’s impact.

At the scale of nearly 2.5 meters high and over 6 meters wide, “Mural” dominates any space it inhabits, enveloping the viewer in its abstract narrative. Within this grand tableau, one can sense the burgeoning of Pollock’s later signature ‘drip’ technique, where the process and the gesture of creating art become as important as the final visual output.

“Mural” lacks a focal point or a recognizable figure—instead, the abstraction encourages an emotional and personal response from each viewer. The layering and the textural complexity draw the eye across the canvas, inviting contemplation and immersion in the painting’s vigorous lifeforce. Pollock’s work stands as a testament to the power of abstract expression, releasing the subconscious and challenging traditional approaches to art during the mid-20th century.

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