Today I will be talking about one of the most emblematic artists of American art, misunderstood by many, and adored by others, his art perhaps meant the greatest act of rebellion after Cubism in a world where figurative art still dominates the spheres of the circles of fine arts, this artist went into unexplored terrain in modern painting, the result was a different and evolving style for painting, I am talking about Mr. Jackson Pollock. Come with me to discover a little of his life.
jackson pollock, born in the United States in Wyoming in 1912, his country life changed radically when he moved to Los Angeles where he learned art in a high school that graduated its students in this mention.
By 1943 the artist was mature and gave his first exhibition, the technique that accompanied him in much of his life was abstract expressionism a technique very questioned in an era where classical art and some forms of realism and impressionism that used the figurative for their compositions, while Pollock dedicated efforts to penetrate into an abstract world.
In spite of his serious problems with alcoholism, he was not an impediment to develop his incredible artistic style.
He forever changed the way he painted, using techniques that would later be incorporated by other artists, such as pouring paint on the canvas with a brush that dipped selflessly in the paint jar to continue soaking the canvas or even more daring pouring paint on the canvas directly from the industrial-sized jar. This technique is now known as dripping and is part of his artistic legacy.
Part of his visual narrative was inspired by abstractions of Native American rituals and the sounds of jazz songs that are themselves abstractions of music such as blues and reinterpreted African rhythms. These efforts were to try to record in the canvases those abrupt changes that are generated in Jazz or in the gestures of the aborigines.
His most important period was the dripping where he painted his most famous works between 1947 and 1950 although when he reached his highest popularity he abandoned the style that brought him international fame.
His art was an inspiration to other artists who followed similar paths in the technique developed by Pollock. Artists like Kazuo Shiraga Niki de Saint Phalle, Peggy Guggenheim, and even Andy Warhol had techniques inspired by Pollock.
He inscribed his name within abstract expressionism and his innovations helped to make this first post-war American avant-garde movement internationally known.
A salient fact in Pollock's life is when Peggy Guggenheim, a wealthy art curator, discovered him forcing Pollock to leave his job as a carpenter at the Salomon Museum, even to leave alcoholism. This millionaire curator paid him a very juicy monthly salary to dedicate his production just for her, and even so Pollock continued with his alcohol addiction, at the age of 44 he died in a car accident, the accident occurred while intoxicated.
Pollock became one of the most important references for post-war art in the United States. His legacy was an inspiration for many generations that even today study the artist for his abstract techniques within expressionism.
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