No. 1 (Lavender Mist)

No. 1 (Lavender Mist)
Artist Jackson Pollock
Year 1950
Location National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Dimensions 87 x 118 in
221 x 300 cm

No. 1 (Lavender Mist) is a painting by Jackson Pollock which introduced a radically new form of painting which Pollock described as a new kind of “drip” painting. He followed his own philosophy, which went along with the idea that there are no actual mistakes in art.

How It was Painted

In this painting Pollock poured paint directly onto the canvas, which he had taped to the floor of his studio. Then, he used sticks and hardened paintbrushes to actually drip, fling, and splash paint onto the canvas. Although he only used a few different hues, he achieved a very interesting and unique new way of painting.

Effects of Viewing

When viewing this painting you can really see the artists self in his painting. You see his personality in the arcs and great sweeping gestures of the paint that he dripped and flung onto the canvas. He also left literal traces of himself in his paintings from the hand prints that he pressed into his paintings.

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