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A work made of oil on linen.
© 2018 Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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  • A work made of oil on linen.


c. 1938–41


Jackson Pollock
American, 1912-1956

About this artwork

The late 1930s marked a key period of transition for Jackson Pollock, in which he began to separate himself from the influence of his early mentor, the regionalist painter Thomas Hart Benton. Pollock became engaged in an intense dialogue with the work of the Mexican muralists José Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros; he was inspired by their social commitment and use of primitive, archetypal imagery. The expressionistic style and oblong format of Untitled recall Orozco’s murals at Pomona and Dartmouth Colleges, which Pollock had seen firsthand. The bullfight imagery evokes the work of Pablo Picasso, whose Guernica (1937) made a powerful impression on Pollock when he saw the painting in New York in 1939.


On View, Gallery 262


Contemporary Art


Jackson Pollock




United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on linen


Signed: recto: "Jackson Pollock" (lower right in black paint); not inscribed on verso


Without frame: 56.5 × 127.6 cm (22 1/4 × 50 1/4 in.); 56.6 × 127.7 cm (22 1/4 × 50 1/4 in.)

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Major Acquisitions Centennial Fund; estate of Florene May Schoenborn; through prior acquisitions of Mr. and Mrs. Carter H. Harrison, Marguerita S. Ritman, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Borland, and Mary L. and Leigh B. Block

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© 2018 Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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