Number 1, 1949 (1949) by Jackson Pollock

Number 1, 1949 - Jackson Pollock - 1949

Artwork Information

TitleNumber 1, 1949
ArtistJackson Pollock
MediumEnamel on Canvas
Dimensions160 x 259.1 cm
Art MovementAction painting
Current LocationMuseum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles, CA, US

About Number 1, 1949

The artwork titled “Number 1, 1949” is a seminal piece by the renowned artist Jackson Pollock, created in the year 1949. It is an enamel on canvas that measures 160 x 259.1 cm and is a prime example of Action painting, an art movement characterized by the energetic application of paint. This abstract genre masterpiece is housed in the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Upon examination, the artwork presents a whirlwind of colors and lines that dance across the canvas, encapsulating the vigorous and frenzied gestures of Pollock’s painting method. The surface is covered with seemingly chaotic but intricately layered drips, splatters, and strokes of enamel paint. Each mark is a physical record of the artist’s movements, emphasizing the performative aspect of its creation. In lieu of a traditional composition with clearly distinguishable forms, “Number 1, 1949” thrives on the complexity and depth of its texture and the interplay of color. The resultant visual effect is one of intense dynamism, raw emotion, and powerful visual rhythms that invite the viewer to explore the surface with a sense of immediacy and discovery.

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