No. 5, 1948

No. 5, 1948
Artist Jackson Pollock
Year 1948
Medium Oil on fiberboard
Location Private collection
Dimensions 8 ft × 4 ft
2.4 m × 1.2 m

Time and time again, innovative art styles become the new mainstream. People have gone through lengths to express how they feel over a canvas or any form of media. People are very interested with the history and techniques of different artists. We have thousands of painters all over the world that graced the diverse world of art with their contributions. One famous art piece is No. 5, by Jackson Pollock that gave a whole new meaning to the Abstract Expressionism.

A Great Contribution to the Abstract Expressionist Movement

The Abstract Expressionism movement was started just right after the World War 2. This American movement was able to achieve worldwide influence. It was also the movement that placed New York City as the center of the art world. The name of this American movement came from a fusion of the German Expressionists’ self-denial and emotional intensity. The Abstract Expressionistic Movement also had an image of being anarchic, rebellious, and even nihilistic.

No. 5 and Abstract Expressionism

Jackson Pollock is considered to be one of the leading contributors of this movement. He was able to bring a whole light to the art scene by creating No. 5 in 1948 (it is also called No. 5, 1948). No. 5 became the most expensive and famous artwork that Pollock painted. This painting was also considered as the epitome of the Abstract Expressionism.

The Intricate Style in No. 5

This painting was created on an eight by four feet fiberboard. The style that Jackson Pollock used for this art work was the use of liquid paints. He decided to move away from the traditional style of using paints on canvas. No. 5 can be seen with huge amounts of yellow and brown paint drizzled on it. Pollock was inspired to create this painting out of his own emotions. He deviated from the traditional use of liquid paints.

The painting’s layout appears a nest-like and inspired different emotions in those viewing the painting. It was this intricacy and dedication that brought this art work to the top of the art scene. The use of action painting or the spontaneous dribbling, smearing, and flinging of liquid paint was the main style that Pollock used for No. 5. Pollock also wanted to bring a whole new perspective into painting. He wanted to convey through No. 5 the culmination of the artist’s emotion in his very own unconventional painting technique.

No. 5 brought a whole new influence to abstract expressionism. He was able to advance the Abstract Expressionistic movement by giving this piece a number instead of a name. He was able to bring a new effect to viewers of his art work as well. He wanted people to focus on the painting and feel what it brought to them. No. 5 is considered to be a valuable piece in the world and brought Pollock to the ranks of America’s greatest artists.

One response to “No. 5, 1948”

  1. linnea.hoppe says:

    I am doing a presentcion of your painting and I really like it!

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