Untitled (Naked Man with Knife) (1938 – 1940) by Jackson Pollock

Untitled (Naked Man with Knife) - Jackson Pollock - 1938 - 1940

Artwork Information

TitleUntitled (Naked Man with Knife)
ArtistJackson Pollock
Date1938 - 1940
Dimensions127 x 91.4 cm
Art MovementExpressionism
Current LocationTate Modern, London, UK

About Untitled (Naked Man with Knife)

“Untitled (Naked Man with Knife)” is a noted artwork by Jackson Pollock, created between 1938 and 1940. This oil on canvas masterpiece follows the Expressionist movement, embodying a raw, figurative genre that evokes intense emotion. The artwork measures 127 x 91.4 cm and is housed at the Tate Modern in London, UK.

The artwork reveals a tumultuous scene full of dynamic energy and movement, featuring figures that appear to be engaged in a struggle or confrontation. The forms are rendered with thick, urgent strokes of paint, and the color palette is dominated by earthy tones, which are intensified by accents of red to perhaps emphasize the aggressive nature of the scene. The figures themselves are abstracted, with limbs and bodies intertwining in a manner that makes it difficult to distinguish where one form ends and another begins.

In this piece, Pollock displays a disregard for traditional representation, opting instead for a style that prioritizes emotional expressiveness over clarity. The bodies are twisted and contorted, giving the painting a sense of chaos and violence that is characteristic of some Expressionist works, which often sought to express the inner turmoil or psychological state of the artist or society. Pollock’s application of paint is both aggressive and fluid, creating a sense of depth and complexity that compels the viewer to look closer.

“Untitled (Naked Man with Knife)” is an early work by Pollock before he fully developed his distinctive drip painting technique. Even so, the painting shows his interest in depicting emotional intensity and the human psyche, elements that would continue to be central to Pollock’s oeuvre throughout his career.

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