Jackson Pollock’s name has become synonymous with the abstract drip paintings that he famously created on the floor of his studio. Before these paintings, from the 1930s to the late 1940s, Pollock created figurative works, studying at one time under the painter Thomas Hart Benton and with the Mexican muralists Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros. Pollock took up figuration again after his amous drip paintings. This book starts with the early decades and also treats Pollock’s readoption of the figuration after his renowned abstract paintings.
The Figurative Pollock features 100 paintings and works on paper. From rolling landscapes to experiments in non-Western totemic painting to sketches and drawings fueled by Jungian analysis, the enormous range of Pollock’s early and late work is presented here. Brimming with confidence and a sense of freedom, distinct yet so easily related to Pollock’s most famous oeuvre, these works contribute to an understanding of how the artist found his voice.
This luxurious book is cloth-bound with silk screen printing and a belly band.
Josef Helfenstein is Director of the Kunstmuseum Basel. Nina Zimmer is the curator of the exhibition and head of the department of 19th c. Modern Art, Kunstmuseum Basel.