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Photographs © 1999, Estate of Hans Namuth

It seems to me, Pollock observed, "that the modern painter cannot express his age, the airplane, the atom bomb, the radio, in the old forms of the Renaissance or of any other past culture. Each age finds its own technique." It was Pollock's legacy to have developed a style that reflected the aesthetic concerns of his time, yet retained a high level of individuality. His art is instantly recognizable and inimitable. By focusing our attention on the very act of painting, he allowed us to witness the challenge, the trauma, and the eventual triumph of his creative process.

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