The Key

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.

Date:

1946

Artist:

Jackson Pollock
American, 1912-1956

About this artwork

The Key belongs to Jackson Pollock’s Accabonac Creek series, named for a stream near the East Hampton property that he and his wife, the painter Lee Krasner, purchased in late 1945. Marking a crucial moment in his evolution as an artist, this quasi-Surrealist painting was created on the floor of an upstairs bedroom and worked on directly from all sides. Although there is a general suggestion of landscape, here the process of painting became primary, expressing the power of spontaneous action and chance effects. The resulting abstraction, with its expressive, gestural appearance, prefigured the allover compositions of Pollock’s celebrated drip paintings, which debuted the following year.

On View

Contemporary Art, Gallery 398

Artist

Jackson Pollock

Title

The Key

Origin

United States

Date

1946

Medium

Oil on linen

Inscriptions

Signed and dated: recto: "Jackson Pollock 46" (lower left in black paint); not inscribed on verso

Dimensions

149.8 × 208.3 cm (59 × 82 in.), unframed

Credit Line

Through prior gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Morris

Reference Number

1987.261

Copyright

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

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