Number 8, 1949 (1949) by Jackson Pollock

Number 8, 1949 - Pollock, Jackson - 1949 - 2

Artwork Information

TitleNumber 8, 1949
ArtistJackson Pollock
MediumOil, enamel, and aluminum paint on Canvas
Dimensions34 1/8 x 71 1/4 in (86.6 x 180.9 cm)
Art MovementAbstract Expressionism
Current LocationNeuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York
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About Number 8, 1949

Number 8, 1949 is a painting completed by Jackson Pollock in 1949 during his classical period. The piece measures roughly 8 x 20 ft and was commissioned for Peggy Guggenheim’s apartment. It is now on display at The Museum of Art of Neuberger in New York City.

Pollock’s line in Number 8 has a polymorphous potency, which can be seen in the intimate pattern within the grand scale of the artwork. The painting incorporates decorative patterns through thinly brushed paint. It has been noted that Pollock was influenced by Mexican muralists like Orozco and Rivera during the creation of this piece.

Jackson Pollock is known for developing one of the most radical abstract styles in modern art history. He detached line from color, redefined the categories of drawing and painting, and found new means to describe pictorial space. He created Number 1, 1949 using a technique where he poured paint from cans and splattered it from the tips of sticks over an unstretched canvas lying on his studio floor.

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