Jackson PollockNumber 14 1951

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Artist
Jackson Pollock (1912‑1956)
Title
Number 14
Date 1951
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 1465 x 2695 mm frame: 1493 x 2721 x 63 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from the American Fellows of the Tate Gallery Foundation 1988
Reference
T03978
Not on display

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By 1951, Pollock had achieved considerable success with his dripped and poured abstract painting, and was widely regarded as the leading young American artist. Perhaps fearing that he was reaching an impasse in his work, he embarked on a series of black and white paintings in which figures emerge, as they had in his early works. After rolling the canvas out on the floor, he would apply the paint - usually industrial enamel paint - with sticks and basting syringes, which he wielded ‘like a giant fountain pen’, according to his wife, Lee Krasner.

July 2008

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