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Number 3, 1950

Artist
Jackson Pollock, American, 1912–1956
Date
1950
Material
Oil, enamel, and aluminum paint on fiberboard
Classification
Paintings
Current Location
Not on view
Dimensions
48 x 96 1/8 in. (121.9 x 244.2 cm)
framed: 49 x 97 1/4 in. (124.5 x 247 cm)
Credit Line
Partial and promised gift of Emily Rauh Pulitzer in honor of Joseph Pulitzer Jr.
Rights
© The Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, NY
Object Number
1:2001
NOTES
In Number 3, Jackson Pollock layered multiple strands of paint to create an intricate web of interwoven colors. The result is an “all over” composition that prevents the eye from focusing on any single point. Three years earlier, Pollock first began to drip and splatter paint across unstretched canvas or fiberboard laid flat on his studio floor. Pollock’s creative breakthrough overturned the tradition of upright easel painting, a convention that had remained firmly established for five centuries.
ons Committee of the Board of Trustees, Saint Louis Art Museum, March 1, 2001.
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