Jackson Pollock

Stenographic Figure . 1942

Stenographic Figure . 1942

+ Kunstmuseum Basel

The Figurative Pollock examines the different phases in Pollock’s early work: his training in his teacher Thomas Hart Benton’s Regionalism as well as his study of the monuments of art history—El Greco, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, and the masters of Italian Baroque. He went on to discover European modernism, especially the work of Pablo Picasso, with which he grappled over the course of several years. At the same time, his art reflects his sustained interest in the art of North America’s indigenous peoples. The great wall paintings created by the Mexican muralists in the 1930s and 1940s were another powerful influence: the works of David Alfaro Siqueiros, José Clemente Orozco, and Diego Rivera, whom Pollock also met in person, changed his vision of figuration.
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