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Jackson Pollock

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Untitled, ca. 1946
Gouache and pastel on paper, 58 x 80 cm
Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice 76.2553 PG 147
© Jackson Pollock, by SIAE 2008


Many American painters, after a decade (the 1930s) dominated by realistic art (Regionalism, American scene, Social Realism), turned in the 1940s to abstraction, in search of imagery expressing universal values. The art of Kandinsky, a pioneer of abstract painting, was well known to Pollock thanks to the collections of Solomon R. Guggenheim, in whose museum Pollock had briefly worked in 1943. The ‘pressure’ of the blue surround in this busy and intensely worked gouache may derive from Kandinsky.

credits: Hangar Design Group