b. 1912
- d. 1956
  • United States
Turnover 2023
$USD 49.124.956
Record Sale
$USD 61.161.000

Jackson Pollock’s early exposure to Native American art and the Western landscape played a significant role in shaping his artistic sensibilities. Pollock’s journey into the art world took him to New York City, where he encountered influential artists and intellectuals of his time. Under the tutelage of artist Thomas Hart Benton and influenced by Mexican muralists, Pollock developed his distinct style characterized by dynamic energy, gestural abstraction, and the use of his entire body as a tool for creating art. His “drip paintings,” created by flinging, pouring, and dripping paint onto canvases laid flat on the ground, marked a radical departure from traditional methods.

The years between the late 1940s and early 1950s marked the zenith of Pollock’s career, with masterpieces like “Autumn Rhythm” and “Number 1A, 1948” solidifying his reputation as a pioneer of the abstract expressionist movement. His work not only exemplified the spirit of post-war America but also pushed the boundaries of artistic expression, emphasizing the act of creation as an intimate and spontaneous process. Despite his relatively short career, Jackson Pollock’s impact on the art world remains profound. His revolutionary approach to art-making paved the way for subsequent generations of artists to explore the boundaries of creativity, leaving an indelible mark on the trajectory of modern art.


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Jackson POLLOCK (1912-1956)
Number 17, 1951

Lot # 11
148.6 x 148.6 cm
Hammer price: $ 53,000,000
Price including buyer’s premium: $ 61,161,000
Estimate: $ 25,000,000 – $ 35,000,000
The Macklowe Collection
15 nov 2021
New York NY, United States.

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