Number 8

Number 8
Artist Jackson Pollock
Year 1949
Medium Oil on canvas
Location Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York

Number 8 by Jackson Pollock was completed in 1949. It forms part of what is referred to as his classical period. The influence that Mexican muralists like Orozco and Rivera had on him is evident in Number 8, because the painting is rather large.

Art Style

Number 8 demonstrates that the painter loved surrealism because he liked to try to depict the bizarre by making use of action and color through visual representations. His aim was to struggle for liberation and do away with preconceived forms. Pollock is renowned for his mastery over the use of lines. Lines flow freely beyond boundaries so as to give the perception that they continue to flow beyond the frame. The movement of the paint is clear, and it is as if the lines rebound at the edges and move back towards the center so as to show that they are sort of infinite.

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