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Jackson Pollock «Autumn Rhythm»
Jackson Pollock, «Autumn Rhythm», 1950
Enamel on canvas, 1950, Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York


Categories: Painting

Keywords: Painting | Process

United States

 Jackson Pollock
«Autumn Rhythm»

"Autumn Rhythm," painted in October of that year, exemplifies the extraordinary balance between accident and control that Pollock maintained over his technique. The words "poured" and "dripped," commonly used to describe his unorthodox creative process, which involved painting on unstretched canvas laid flat on the floor, hardly suggest the diversity of the artist's movements (flicking, splattering, and dribbling) or the lyrical, often spritual, compositions they produced.

In "Autumn Rhythm," as in many of his paintings, Pollock first created a complex linear skeleton using black paint. For this initial layer the paint was diluted, so that it soaked into the length of unprimed canvas, thereby inextricably joining image and support. Over this black framework Pollock wove an intricate web of white, brown, and turquoise lines, which produce the contrary visual rhythms and sensations: light and dark, thick and thin, heavy and buoyant, straight and curved, horizontal and vertical.

(Source: Metropolitan Museum of Art online:
©1999 Pollock-Krasner Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York