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

Perhaps the most compelling evidence of Pollock's visceral and dynamic involvement in the creation of Lavender Mist is the mark of his hands in the paint. These handprints not only serve as a primitive stamp of ownership and creativity, they also emphasize the flatness of the canvas, thus underscoring the nonillusionistic nature of Pollock's art.


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