Number 5, 1950

Number 5, 1950

1950

Jackson Pollock

(American, 1912-1956)

Oil on canvas

Framed: 138 x 102 x 5 cm (54 5/16 x 40 3/16 x 1 15/16 in.); Unframed: 136.5 x 99.1 cm (53 3/4 x 39 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1980.180

Fun Fact

Pollock was married to Lee Krasner, whose work is also exhibited in this gallery.

Description

Notoriously nicknamed "Jack the Dripper" by Time magazine, Pollock pioneered the technique of flinging pigment from store-bought cans of paint onto canvas placed flat on the floor. Filled with intricate webs of lines and intermingled spatters, paintings such as Number 5, 1950 are unusually direct records of the artist's moving body and hand gestures.

See also
Collection: 
American - Painting
Type of artwork: 
Painting
Medium: 
Oil on canvas

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