Jackson Pollock, Flame. (c. 1934- 1938) Oil on canvas mounted on composition board, 20 1/2 x 30" (51.1 x 76.2 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Enid A. Haupt Fund. Photograph © 1999 The Museum of Modern Art, New York
This post-student work represents a surprising and radical shift in artistic direction. The free expression evident in Flame was a clear step toward abstraction.