Pollock's career as an artist was problematic to begin but it wasn’t until 1949 that Life magazine crafted an article about Jackson Pollock and his work, which raised the question; is this America’s greatest artist?
Pollock's breakthrough lifted him into the art world where he settled in New York with his wife, Lee Krasner, who was also an artist. His unfortunate demise, however, tarnished the possibilities of performing anymore paintings, although his story lives on in his art.
From 1945, Pollock began his new found legacy in an old barn located in Long Island and experimented his exclusive artistic methods.
Gaining inspiration primarily from the American Indians and blending some motivation from his favored, historic artists such as; Picasso, Michelangelo, and Joan Miró to name just a few, Pollock infused his paintings and widely became known as the father of drip painting.
In addition to dripping paint from a height, hardened brushes and sticks were used to flick and fling paint onto the canvas to create this abstract form of art which was almost like a performance to watch.
Pollock’s personal life, however, was overwhelmed by alcohol abuse which eventually led to the cause of his death. In the year 1956 in the month of August, an intoxicated Pollock departed in his car with a passenger on one of his drives and collided into a tree, both Pollock and his passenger died on impact.
Pollock will always be remembered for his contribution to the art world and has certainly stamped himself as valued artist.
Number 1 defines the purpose of abstract art and has certainly lifted the boundaries for admirers wishing to follow this expressional manner of art. Similar work by Pollock is named in a numerical fashion such as; Number 19, Number 10, Number 7, Number 31, Number 32, and Number 29.
Pollock's contribution to the art world is both respected and engraved into artistic history. A calculated collection of 39 pieces of art is considered to be Pollock's definite collection of masterpieces.