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Jackson Pollock Blue Poles Essay

713 words - 3 pages

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Jackson Pollock

Blue Poles: Number 11, 1952�

Enamel and aluminium paint with glass on canvas

212.1 (h) x 488.9 (w) cm

"Blue poles" is a very famous painting, by a very famous man, named, Jackson Pollock. "Blue poles" was created 1952, with enamel and aluminium paint with glass on canvas.

This artwork is a very large piece, measuring 212(h) x 489(w) cm. "Blue poles" is an art work created from emotion and gestural expressionism. This piece shows a lot of emotion, probably from the time of when Pollock was doing this. I ...view middle of the document...

The artwork has been composed with various colours which have been thrown and splashed on. If you look closely, you can see fragments of broken glass, embedded in the thick paint of the bottom right corner of the artwork. It is also quite noticeable that Pollock has stepped into the wet paint with his bare foot in the top right corner of the artwork. And suspiciously, in the centre of the piece, there is a splash of blue paint in the shape of the peace sign. This artwork has incorporated some elements and principals of design. He has used various colours, some warm but mainly cool colours. Pollock has used pattern, line and shape by painting with a vigorous and aggressive painting style. This gives the painting a mean, angry mood.

In my opinion, I think Pollock was trying to express energy throughout this piece and successfully accomplished it. After further research, I found that Pollock was with a fellow painter, at a pub and were fairly tipsy. They then decided to go to Pollock's house and roll out a large piece of canvas and squirt some paint onto it. And controversially, Pollock claimed the whole thing for himself. So to recap, an influence to Pollock in the making of this piece was actually being under the influence of alcohol.

I think this is a successful painting because it grabs your attention and think that others think that too.

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