The Legacy Of Jackson Pollock

1501 WordsNov 8, 20167 Pages
One cannot hear the name, Jackson Pollock without instantly thinking of the words abstract, radical, and expressionist. His legacy that he left behind is one to admire, with his skills of "detaching line from color, refining categories of drawing and painting, and finding new means to describe pictorial space.” (Jackson Pollock and His Paintings) Jackson Pollock’s life began in Cody, Wyoming in 1912. His father, Leroy was a farmer and later in life became a surveyor for the government. Because of his father’s job as a government surveyor, Pollock was able to travel to many places with his father, even experiencing some Native American culture with which he attributes some of his art pieces to. When Pollock got older he enrolled himself at the Students’ League in New York in 1929. He studied here under the hands of regionalist painter, Thomas Benton. During this time, Pollock created mostly realist modern American art with influences coming from Mexican muralist painters and surrealist. It was not until 1939, while visiting The Museum of Modern Art in New York City that Pollock changed his art style. Within this museum was an exhibit called, Picasso: 40 Years of His Art that had over 300 works of art in addition to his anti-war morals. This led Pollock to the realization and admiration of the power of European modernism. This realization created his new style of semi-abstract totemic works. When WWII ended, its aftermath fueled the style of radical, abstract expressionism
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