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

Though an Italian writer criticized Pollock's work as "chaos--absolute lack of harmony-- complete lack of structural organization-- total absence of technique, however rudimentary-- once again, chaos...," canvases such as Lavender Mist broke the boundaries of art as people knew it at mid-century.


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