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

Art critic Clement Greenberg, Pollock's friend and a champion of abstract expressionism, suggested the name Lavender Mist for the painting originally called Number 1, 1950. Greenberg's more evocative title conveys the painting's strong atmospheric effect, though there is no lavender on the canvas. The painting is composed primarily of white, blue, yellow, gray, umber, rosy pink, and black paint.


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