The Tea Cup (1946) by Jackson Pollock

The Tea Cup - Jackson Pollock - 1946

Artwork Information

TitleThe Tea Cup
ArtistJackson Pollock
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions40 x 28 cm
Art MovementAbstract Expressionism
Current LocationMuseum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden, Germany

About The Tea Cup

“The Tea Cup” is a painting by Jackson Pollock created in 1946. The artwork is an exemplification of Abstract Expressionism, a movement in which Pollock played a significant role. It is an oil on canvas with dimensions measuring 40 by 28 centimeters. This abstract genre painting is currently housed at the Museum Frieder Burda in Baden-Baden, Germany.

The artwork presents a tapestry of hues and forms interwoven to create a vibrant composition. At first glance, the lack of immediately discernible figures is characteristic of Pollock’s style, where the emphasis is placed on the act of painting itself rather than the depiction of recognisable objects. The colors appear in patches and strokes, ranging from earth tones to segments of brighter yellows, reds, and blues. The central motif, which may be interpreted as the eponymous “tea cup,” is suggested rather than explicitly outlined, nestled within the interplay of colors and shapes. A pattern resembling checkered fabric can be discerned, offering a semblance of structure amidst the more free-form elements.

Contrasting textures are evident throughout, with some areas displaying thick, impasto applications of paint, while others retain a more smoothed and blended quality. The dynamic, almost lyrical quality of the lines and the interactions between the colors encapsulate the spontaneous and expressive approach for which Pollock is renowned. Despite the absence of a clear narrative, the piece evokes a sense of energetic movement and invites viewers to explore their own interpretations of the abstract visual language Pollock employs.

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