Number 3 (1948) by Jackson Pollock

Number 3 - Jackson Pollock - 1948

Artwork Information

TitleNumber 3
ArtistJackson Pollock
Dimensions77.2 x 57.2 cm
Art MovementAction painting
Current LocationMuseum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles, CA, US

About Number 3

The artwork titled “Number 3” is a creation of artist Jackson Pollock, dating back to 1948. As a fine example of Action painting, a movement within abstract expressionism, Pollock utilized enamel and oil on canvas as his mediums. The artwork measures 77.2 by 57.2 centimeters. It is currently housed at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles, California, United States, and it exemplifies the abstract genre.

“Number 3” by Jackson Pollock is characterized by its dynamic composition of splattered and dripped paint. The artwork displays an intricate and energetic array of colors and forms, with a predominance of black and white intertwining with vivid accents of red, orange, blue, and yellow dispersed throughout the canvas. Pollock’s technique, wherein paint is flung, dripped, and smeared onto a horizontal surface, exhibits a sense of spontaneity and the artist’s physical engagement with the materials. The visual effect is one of controlled chaos, with layers of paint creating a textured surface that draws the viewer in for a closer examination of the complex interplay between colors and the gestural motion captured on the canvas. The abstract nature of the piece leaves it open to interpretation, where each viewer may discern their own meanings and emotional responses to the work.

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