Number 8, (detail) (1949) by Jackson Pollock

Number 8,  (detail) - Jackson Pollock - 1949

Artwork Information

TitleNumber 8, (detail)
ArtistJackson Pollock
Art MovementAction painting
Current LocationNeuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY, US

About Number 8, (detail)

Jackson Pollock’s “Number 8, (detail)” is an abstract artwork created in 1949. As a prime example of Action painting, a subgenre of the Abstract Expressionist movement, this work consists of enamel and oil on canvas. It exemplifies the innovative techniques that Pollock employed, which involved dynamic and seemingly spontaneous application of paint. The artwork is housed at the Neuberger Museum of Art located in Purchase, New York, United States.

The artwork itself demonstrates a complex interplay of colors and textures, with an energetic and rhythmic composition. Its surface is covered with a dense web of dripped, splattered, and flung paint, showcasing a variety of hues including whites, yellows, oranges, and blacks. Through the intricate overlay of paint, Pollock creates a sense of depth and movement. The layers of paint appear to be in constant motion, reflecting the artist’s physical interaction with the canvas. Despite the apparent chaos, there is a balance and a sense of underlying control that comes through in the composition. Pollock’s technique invites the viewer to consider the act of painting itself as an essential aspect of the artwork’s meaning, emphasizing the creative process over any representational content.

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