Number 26 (1949) by Jackson Pollock

Number 26 - Jackson Pollock - 1949

Artwork Information

TitleNumber 26
ArtistJackson Pollock
Art MovementAction painting

About Number 26

The artwork “Number 26” is a significant piece created by Jackson Pollock in 1949, falling under the art movement known as Action Painting, a part of the broader genre of abstract art. This piece exemplifies the innovative technique and energetic approach that Pollock brought to the canvas, a hallmark of his artistry that contributed to the Abstract Expressionist movement.

Inspecting “Number 26,” one observes the dynamic composition characterized by energetic splatters, drips, and loops of paint across the canvas. The artwork deploys a predominantly monochrome palette, accentuated with strategic bursts of yellow, red, and orange. The canvas itself serves as both a battleground and a diary of Pollock’s physical interaction with his materials, showcasing his method of working directly on the floor and manipulating the paint from all angles.

The abstract formlessness suggests a detachment from traditional representation, inviting the observer to engage with the artwork on a purely subjective level, where the interplay of color, form, and the very act of the painting’s creation takes center stage. Pollock’s distinctive style in “Number 26” challenges the viewer to discard preconceived notions of art and to explore the deeper psychological and emotional resonances elicited by the chaos and control represented in his work.

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