about the artist
Jackson Pollock, Shimmering Substance from The Sounds in the Grass series. (1946) The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Mr. and Mrs. Albert Lewin and Mrs. Sam A. Lewisohn Funds. Photograph © 1999 The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

In 1945 Pollock married Lee Krasner and the couple moved to a farmhouse in the rural, eastern end of Long Island. Walking the meadows and woods near Accabonac Creek, which stood at the back of their property, Pollock found a kinship with nature that defines his great, classic work.

Shimmering Substance glows with the brilliant light of midday sun on a thick meadow. Alive with arcs and orbs of heat-saturated colors, the painting is a testimony to the importance of the Long Island landscape as a motivating force of Pollock's work in the late 1940s.


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