Color With Meaning in Pollock's Drip Work Comparison Essay by ABCs

Color With Meaning in Pollock's Drip Work
The writer of the paper examines the work of the artist Jackson Pollock and specifically his works, "Number 1", "Number 3" and "Lucifer", all painted during his "drip" period.
# 111334 | 2,040 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Jan 18, 2009 in Art (Artists) , Art (History) , Art (Painting)

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Arguably no painter had more significant influence on the development of American modern art than Jackson Pollock. In this paper, the author examines the work of Pollock during his "drip painting" - or "direct painting" period. The author looks at three of the masterpieces Pollock created during this period: "Number 1", "Number 3" and "Lucifer". The writer of the paper states that to the untrained eye, there are some similarities between these works, such as the radical combination of many colors and the black tones that are prevalent in each work. The paper's author then examines each of the three works in order to reinforce his claim that, despite the similarities, Pollock sends dramatically different messages in each of the works ranging from conflict to renewal to gathering despair.

From the Paper:

"The use of black in Number 1, painted in 1948, is arguably meant to represent the conflict inherent to Pollock's emerging style, and the break he was making from more traditional forms of art. Pollock began his drip style only in the mid-1940s, and Number 1 was one of the first major works to demonstrate his stylistic evolution ("Jackson Pollock," No date). The play between the rigid and the free, limitations and chaos, is a central theme throughout the work. In Number 1, Pollock uses black as almost a foundational color. It is the dominant color in the center of the work, applied to the canvas in globs, thick streaks and wide lines. The black has a centering and anchoring effect on the piece, perhaps representing tradition and order."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Harrison, Helen. No date. "Jackson Pollock." Stony Brook University. (accessed May 13, 2008).
  • "Jackson Pollock." No date. Ovation TV. (accessed May 13, 2008).
  • Koppelman, Dorothy. No date. "Jackson Pollock--and True and False Ambition: The Urgent Difference." Aesthetic Realism Foundation. (accessed May 14, 2008).
  • Mariano, Lore. No date. "Jackson Pollock's Number One 1948 or - How Can We Be Abandoned and Accurate at the Same Time?" Aesthetic Realism Foundation. (accessed May 14, 2008).
  • Moe, Alison G. and Luxon, Thomas H. 2002. "Answerable Style: The Genre of Paradise Lose." Dartmouth College. (accessed May 14, 2008).

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