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Jackson Pollock

American Painter

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Movements and Styles: Abstract Expressionism, Surrealism

Born: January 28, 1912 - Cody, Wyoming

Died: August 11, 1956 - East Hampton, New York

"It doesn't make much difference how the paint is put on as long as something has been said. Technique is just a means of arriving at a statement."

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In its edition of August 8th, 1949, Life magazine ran a feature article about Jackson Pollock that bore this question in the headline: "Is he the greatest living painter in the United States?" Could a painter who flung paint at canvases with a stick, who poured and hurled it to create roiling vortexes of color and line, possibly be considered "great"? New York's critics certainly thought so, and Pollock's pre-eminence among the Abstract Expressionists has endured, cemented by the legend of his alcoholism and his early death. The famous 'drip paintings' that he began to produce in the late 1940s represent one of the most original bodies of work of the century. At times they could suggest the life-force in nature itself, at others they could evoke man's entrapment - in the body, in the anxious mind, and in the newly frightening modern world.

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