Jackson Pollock’s The She-Wolf is a painting that was created in 1943. It explores a mythological theme and is considered a form of Surrealism. The painting depicts a wolf-like creature with tangled hair and fierce eyes, standing on all fours against an abstract background.
The wolf in the painting may symbolize the animal that suckled the twin founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus. However, despite this clear reference to mythology, The She-Wolf cannot be easily categorized as part of Pollock’s Abstract Expressionism style.
To create the painting, Pollock used oil, gouache, and plaster on canvas. The artwork measures 42 x 67 inches in size and is considered one of his lesser-known pieces.
Though Jackson Pollock is often associated with Abstract Expressionism, it’s important to note that he experimented with various styles throughout his career. While The She-Wolf may not be as widely recognized as some of his other works like Lavender Mist or Number 1 (Lavender Mist), it remains an interesting piece that showcases both his versatility and creativity.
Today, you can find The She-Wolf in MoMA’s collection of modern art in New York City.