Still frame from Hans Namuth's second movie of Pollock painting, © 1999 Estate of Hans Namuth
In the twenty years between his arrival in New York City to study
art and his premature death, Jackson Pollock had emerged as the
most original painter in America--famous for his unprecedented
physical involvement with the act of painting.
His friend and patron, the artist Alfonso Ossorio, described Pollock's artistic journey this way:
"Here I saw a man who had both broken all the traditions of the
past and unified them, who had gone beyond cubism, beyond Picasso
and surrealism, beyond everything that had happened in art....his
work expressed both action and contemplation."
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National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC