about the painting
Lavender Mist detail Jackson Pollock, Number 1, 1950 (Lavender Mist) (detail), 1950, National Gallery of Art, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund, 1976.37.1

"It is what his imitators could never do, and why there are no successful Pollock forgeries: they always end up looking like...spaghetti, whereas Pollock--in his best work--had an almost preternatural control over the total effect of those skeins and receding depths of paint. In them, the light is always right. Nor are they absolutely spontaneous; he would often retouch the drip with a brush."


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