One: Number 31, 1950 is a quintessential example of Jackson Pollock’s “drip” technique, which was revolutionary in the world of abstract expressionism. Measuring over eight feet wide, it is one of his largest pieces that captures the energy and movement he desired to embody in his works. Pollock utilized his entire body to create this painting by dripping paint onto an unstretched canvas laid on the floor. This physical connection between artist and artwork produces a unique feeling that reflects Pollock’s emotional state while creating it.
The restoration process on One: Number 31, 1950 lasted for ten months and brought new insights into how Pollock worked. Analysis revealed that he applied several layers of paint at different times with varying degrees of thickness, providing texture and depth to the piece. The calligraphic looping cords of color are characteristic features that animate and energize the painting, revealing Pollock’s incredible technical abilities.
This work is considered one of Pollock’s three best paintings and has undergone fractal analysis to prove authenticity in other pieces by him as well as contributing insight into fractal geometry. One: Number 31, 1950 exemplifies why Jackson Pollock remains an influential figure within this artistic movement; through abstraction he captured energy allowing people to feel emotion without definition or representation