Number 48 (1949) by Jackson Pollock

Number 48 - Jackson Pollock - 1949

Artwork Information

TitleNumber 48
ArtistJackson Pollock
Art MovementAbstract Expressionism

About Number 48

“Number 48” is a notable artwork created by the eminent artist Jackson Pollock in the year 1949. This piece is a quintessential example of the Abstract Expressionist movement, a genre characterized by its focus on abstract forms and emotional spontaneity. Pollock is renowned for his contributions to this genre, and “Number 48” is emblematic of his style, which involved innovative techniques such as dripping and splattering paint onto the canvas.

Regarding the artwork itself, “Number 48” brims with a chaotic yet thought-provoking array of colors and forms. Pollock’s technique involved laying the canvas on the ground and meticulously dripping, flinging, and splashing paint to create a complex web of lines and color. The convergence of the paint creates a sense of depth and texture that is both random and intentional. Thick, black gestural strokes dominate much of the composition, evoking a sense of movement and energy. These strokes are intersected and overlaid with splatters of white, red, yellow, and green, giving the artwork a dynamic quality and a sense of visual rhythm.

The absence of a central focal point compels the viewer’s eyes to wander across the entire canvas, discovering new forms and interplays between colors. The interlacing lines and spots of color result in an almost palpable sense of vibrancy that is fundamental to the abstract expressionistic style. “Number 48” is a testament to Pollock’s revolutionary approach to painting, where the act of creation itself becomes as significant as the final artwork.

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