Number 4 (Gray and Red) (1948) by Jackson Pollock

Number 4 (Gray and Red) - Jackson Pollock - 1948

Artwork Information

TitleNumber 4 (Gray and Red)
ArtistJackson Pollock
Art MovementAction painting
Current LocationWeisman Art Museum (University of Minnesota), Minneapolis, MN, US

About Number 4 (Gray and Red)

The artwork “Number 4 (Gray and Red)” was created by the influential artist Jackson Pollock in 1948. As a striking example of action painting, a subgenre within the broader abstract art movement, this piece embodies the dynamic and spontaneous techniques that Pollock is renowned for. It is currently housed at the Weisman Art Museum, which is part of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN, US. The artwork is a testament to the revolutionary methods that Pollock employed, which have left a lasting impact on the art world.

In examining the artwork itself, one is immediately struck by the intricate web of colors and forms that dominate the canvas. The predominant use of gray and red creates a visual rhythm that is both chaotic and cohesive. Pollock’s technique of pouring, dripping, and flinging paint directly onto the horizontal surface results in a labyrinthine composition of lines and splatters. There is a sense of depth and movement as the eye travels across the myriad paths created by the paint. The abstract nature of the piece invites viewers to explore their own interpretations, as it eludes any definitive representation or narrative. The lack of a focal point and the continuous interplay of colors and shapes encapsulate the essence of action painting, where the act of making art is as important as the finished product.

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