Jackson Pollock, Gothic. (1944) The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Bequest of Lee Krasner. Photograph © 1999 The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
The beautifully orchestrated web of Gothic, rooted in strong, black curves, proves Benton's lasting influence on the way Pollock organized his compositions. It resonates with movement and the "controlled accident" that Pollock had practiced in workshop sessions with Siqueiros and now used to his own ends.