Greyed Rainbow

Abstract painting, black background covered with flicks and smudges of white and other colors.
© 2018 Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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  • Abstract painting, black background covered with flicks and smudges of white and other colors.

Date:

1953

Artist:

Jackson Pollock
American, 1912–1956

About this artwork

In the late 1940s Jackson Pollock developed a revolutionary form of Abstract Expressionism by dripping, pouring, and splashing paint onto large-scale canvases. Pollock emphasized the expressive power of the artist’s gestures, materials, and tools, often applying paint with sticks, trowels, and palette knives instead of brushes. He also challenged the concept of easel painting by working on canvases placed either on the floor or fixed to a wall. With no apparent beginning or end, top or bottom, his paintings imply an extension of his art beyond the edges of the canvas, engulfing the viewer. Among the last great purely abstract paintings Pollock made before his untimely death in 1956, Greyed Rainbow is a quintessential example of action painting. The paint application ranges from thick chunks squeezed directly from a tube to thin, meandering lines poured from a container with a small hole or squirted from a baster. The work is predominantly black, white, gray, and silver; in the bottom third of the canvas, however, Pollock thinly concealed orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet. The title of the work presumably refers to these grayed sections of hidden color.

On View

Contemporary Art, Gallery 291

Artist

Jackson Pollock

Title

Greyed Rainbow

Origin

United States

Date

1953

Medium

Oil on linen

Inscriptions

Signed and dated: recto: "Jackson Pollock 53" (bottom right in black paint); verso: "Jackson Pollock / 53" (upper left in black paint)

Dimensions

182.9 × 244.2 cm (72 × 96 1/8 in.), unframed

Credit Line

Gift of Society for Contemporary American Art

Reference Number

1955.494

Copyright

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

Extended information about this artwork

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