Going West by Jackson Pollock

Title: Going West
Date: 1934-35
Movement: Expressionism
Media: oil on fibreboard
Current Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C., USA

Going West exemplifies many aspects of the artist’s early interests. Characterized by a dark mystical quality the swirling forms which structure the image evoke emotional intensity. The image of a pioneer journeying to the west connects to Pollock’s emerging style to his own origins. The scene is evocative of a sort of gothic mystery, and possibly comes from a family photograph of a bridge in Cody, Wyoming where Pollock was born.

Artist: Jackson Pollock
Born: 28 January 1912, Wyoming, USA
Nationality: American
Died: 11 August 1956, New York, USA

Pollock’s reputation as a pre-eminent Abstract Expressionist artist has endured long after his death. In the late 1940s he began to produce the famous drip paintings that represent one of the most original bodies of work of the 20th century with suggestions of the life force of nature and evoking Man’s entrapment in the body, in anxiety, and in the modern world.

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