Number 32 (1950) by Jackson Pollock

Number 32 - Jackson Pollock - 1950

Artwork Information

TitleNumber 32
ArtistJackson Pollock
Dimensions457.5 x 269 cm
Art MovementAction painting
Current LocationKunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany

About Number 32

“Number 32”, created by Jackson Pollock in 1950, is an exemplary work of abstract expressionism and specifically the sub-genre of action painting. Pollock employed enamel paints on canvas to produce this artwork, emphasizing the physical act of painting as an essential aspect of the finished work. The piece spans a dramatic 457.5 x 269 cm and can be found at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf, Germany. It is a quintessential example of Pollock’s innovative style, which played a significant role in the evolution of modern art.

The artwork captivates with its intricate labyrinth of black enamel dripped, flung, and splattered across a vast canvas. This technique, synonymous with Pollock’s name, projects an intense energy, as the interwoven lines and shapes seem to vibrate with a life of their own. The absence of a central focal point allows viewers to interpret the space as they wish, with every glance potentially offering a new perspective. The complex composition defies traditional methods of representation and instead invites an emotional and instinctual response, reflecting the spontaneous method of its creation. Pollock’s action painting technique aligns the artwork with the rhythms of nature and the artist’s own subconscious, creating a deeply immersive and sensorial experience for viewers.

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