Number 8, 1949 (1949) by Jackson Pollock

Number 8, 1949 - Jackson Pollock - 1949

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

About Number 8, 1949

The artwork titled “Number 8, 1949” was created by the artist Jackson Pollock in the year 1949. This piece is a quintessential example of the Abstract Expressionism movement, employing oil, enamel, and aluminum paint on canvas to achieve its dynamic composition. Its dimensions are 34 1/8 by 71 1/4 inches (86.6 by 180.9 centimeters), and it falls within the abstract genre. Currently, “Number 8, 1949” is housed at the Neuberger Museum of Art, which is part of Purchase College at the State University of New York.

Upon observing the artwork, one is immediately struck by the energetic and intricate interplay of line and color. The chaotic overlay of paint drips, splatters, and strokes coalesce to form a complex visual tapestry that is devoid of any representational forms. The color palette is a rich amalgamation of earthy tones interspersed with hints of brighter colors, contributing to the piece’s sense of depth and movement. Pollock’s iconic “drip” technique is evident here, where he carefully manipulated the fluidity of the medium to create rhythmic patterns that appear almost spontaneous. Despite the seeming randomness, there is an underlying sense of control and intentionality to the composition, inviting the viewer to explore the surface interactions as well as the artist’s process. Through its abstract nature, the artwork speaks to a universal understanding of emotion and expression, transcending the need for concrete imagery.

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