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The way Jackson Pollock painted with abstract expressionism, known as action painting, offers a chance to explore and discover oneself

Jackson Pollock

Abstract Expressionism

Action Painting

Jackson Pollock - Action Painting
Jackson Pollock, Painting A, 1950 _ National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art Rome

Jackson pollock

Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) is known as the leading exponent of action painting, a form of non-figurative painting. Initially a sculptor at age 16, he then turned to painting before he turned 18. He worked hard to improve his skills in drawing and painting. While initially approaching surrealism, he gradually embraced abstract art. Rejecting conventional methods, he placed the canvas on the ground and dripped colors onto it to create striking compositions.

His“dripping” paintings attracted great interest in the late 1940s and early 1950s, moving from the traditional canvas on easel to painting directly on the wall or on the floor. The dimensions of his paintings are imposing, almost resembling murals. The size of Pollock’s works does not reflect traditional perspectives or realistic dimensional ratios, but rather aims to arouse an emotional impact on observers. Through his art, Pollock sought to exploring himself as an artist, instinctively absorbing and expanding all the materials he used that later proved essential to his works. His paintings represent a direct expression of his inner life.

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Abstract Expressionism

Irving Sandler, a well-known writer and careful scholar of the Abstract Expressionism era, describes the movement as follows:

“We only agree to disagree.”

Jackson Pollock is considered the most celebrated painter of his generation, the first to gain international recognition and to exert a predominant influence in the history of American art. Abstract Expressionism was born in the 1940s as a reaction to postwar artistic currents. Its distinctiveness lies in emphasizing the artist and abstract pictorial language, arguing that the unconscious is a medium for creating art. Painters convey their moods on canvas through colors and physical actions, with the colors acting as a bridge between the artist and the canvas.

Action painting

Action Painting, also known as action painting, is commonly associated with abstract expressionism. Jackson Pollock is considered one of the forerunners of this art form, introducing the use of drips and throws of color on canvas.

This painting technique is based oninstinct, allowing it to guide the creative process, overcoming the rationality typical of logical thinking in artistic action. Action Painting frees the instinctual and emotional parts of the artist, allowing the body to express emotions freely. It is a special form of Sublimation of both conscious and unconscious conflicts, a process through which the artist transforms his inner states into something new and visible on the canvas. Pollock himself used painting as therapy to solve the his inner conflicts And give meaning to one’s life. In Action Painting, the emphasis is not so much on the objective beauty of the work represented on the canvas as on the emotional power it conveys and the stimuli it evokes.

Beatrice Sperindè _ B.S.

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