Number 6 (1949) by Jackson Pollock

Number 6 - Jackson Pollock - 1949

Artwork Information

TitleNumber 6
ArtistJackson Pollock
Dimensions112.2 x 137.2 cm
Art MovementAction painting
Current LocationMuseum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH), Houston, TX, US

About Number 6

The artwork titled “Number 6,” created by Jackson Pollock in 1949, exemplifies the action painting movement. This abstract work is rendered on canvas, demonstrating Pollock’s characteristic drip technique. The dimensions of the artwork are approximately 112.2 by 137.2 centimeters, and it is housed within the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH) in Houston, Texas, United States.

Upon examining the artwork, one observes a complex interplay of colors and textures achieved through dynamic brushstrokes and the liberal application of paint. The canvas serves as a battleground for Pollock’s energetic gestures that are representative of action painting, where the physical act of painting itself is an essential aspect of the finished work. The predominantly dark palette is interspersed with vibrant splashes of yellows, reds, and whites which contribute to a sense of chaos and spontaneity.

Pollock’s method, often referred to as “drip painting,” involved pouring or splattering paint onto a horizontal surface, a technique that allowed him to interact with the canvas from all angles. As evidenced in this artwork, the intricate layers of dripped paint create an intricate web that suggests movement and rhythm. The absence of a central focal point directs the viewer’s gaze across the entire surface of the canvas, reinforcing the idea of the painting as an event captured in time. The resulting effect is one that defies traditional interpretations and invokes a visceral, individual response from each viewer.

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