Number 1 (Lavender Mist) (detail) (1950) by Jackson Pollock

Number 1 (Lavender Mist) (detail) - Jackson Pollock - 1950

Artwork Information

TitleNumber 1 (Lavender Mist) (detail)
ArtistJackson Pollock
Art MovementAction painting

About Number 1 (Lavender Mist) (detail)

“Number 1 (Lavender Mist) (detail)” is a seminal artwork created by Jackson Pollock in 1950, utilizing oil on canvas as the medium. This piece is a quintessential example of Action painting, a movement within abstract art characterized by the dynamic application of paint. The genre of the artwork is abstract, suggesting that the focus is on the intrinsic qualities of the art itself, such as color, form, texture, and process, rather than the depiction of recognizable subjects.

The artwork is a visual symphony of vigorous brushstrokes, drips, and splatters, which coalesce into a complex and textured tableau. Pollock’s method—often termed “drip painting”—is evident here, as the canvas has become an arena for the artist’s choreography of movements, resulting in lines and forms that record his gestural motions. The hues of lavender, intermingled with blues, whites, and earthy tones, lend the artwork its title and evoke an atmospheric mist. Notably absent of traditional compositional elements, the artwork invites viewers to immerse themselves in its rhythmical patterns and spatial depth, transcending visual representation to tap into raw emotion and sensation.

The tactile surface of the work reveals layers of paint, each contributing to the overall complexity and depth. The chaotic yet ordered appearance is a hallmark of Pollock’s style, engaging the observer in a direct and pure encounter with the creative act and its tangible outcomes. The abstract expressionist movement, to which Pollock contributed significantly, celebrates such a direct engagement, allowing the artwork to stand as a testament to a moment of artistic creation that is both personal and universal.

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