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Artist:
Hans Namuth, 17 Mar 1915 - 13 Oct 1990  Search this
Sitter:
Jackson Pollock, 28 Jan 1912 - 11 Aug 1956  Search this
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 37.8 x 30.5cm (14 7/8 x 12")
Sheet: 50.3 x 40.2cm (19 13/16 x 15 13/16")
Mat: 71.1 x 55.9cm (28 x 22")
Type:
Photograph
Place:
United States\New York\Suffolk\East Hampton
Date:
1950
Exhibition Label:
I am nature!
With this bold affirmation, the painter Jackson Pollock, like Whitman before him, conflated himself and his art with nature itself. From plumbing the depths of human nature in his explorations of the subconscious, Pollock evolved his famous "drip" paintings, in which paint was flung, dribbled, and slashed onto huge horizontal canvases in a form of visual free verse that recalls Whitman's breaking of traditional poetic formats. When painting, Pollock listened to jazz by musicians like Charlie Parker, seeking always, like Parker, to dissolve artificial visions between artist and art. Pollock wrote that his technique helped him achieve this: "On the floor I am literally 'in' the painting."
Author: D. Ward
Topic:
Artwork\Painting  Search this
Interior\Studio\Art  Search this
Artist's Effects\Paint jar  Search this
Artist's Effects\Canvas  Search this
Jackson Pollock: Male  Search this
Jackson Pollock: Visual Arts\Artist\Painter\Abstract Expressionist  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of the Estate of Hans Namuth
Object number:
NPG.95.156
Restrictions & Rights:
© Hans Namuth Ltd.
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Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.95.156