Number 13A (Arabesque) (1948) by Jackson Pollock

Number 13A (Arabesque) - Jackson Pollock - 1948

Artwork Information

TitleNumber 13A (Arabesque)
ArtistJackson Pollock
Dimensions297.2 x 94 cm
Art MovementAbstract Expressionism,Action painting
Current LocationYale University Art Gallery (Yale University), New Haven, CT, US

About Number 13A (Arabesque)

“Number 13A (Arabesque)” is a notable artwork by Jackson Pollock created in 1948. This piece exemplifies the Abstract Expressionism and Action painting movements. The artwork measures 297.2 by 94 cm and is categorized within the abstract genre. It currently resides at the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut, United States.

The artwork features Pollock’s iconic drip-painting technique, which marked a significant departure from traditional methods of brushwork. The canvas is overlaid with intricate webs and skeins of paint that myteriously coalesce into a complex, dynamic composition. The colors are predominantly monochromatic with the interplay of black and white paints, but there are also underlying hues that contribute depth to the work. The intertwined lines and splatters create a sense of movement and rhythm, indicative of Pollock’s gestural style where the physical act of painting becomes a part of the artwork itself. The piece is an embodiment of the spontaneous and expressive qualities of the Abstract Expressionist movement, emphasizing the creative process over the figurative representation.

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