Jackson Pollock, Number 1A, 1948
Rollover image to zoom
Number 1A, 1948
While the style of “drip” painting has become synonymous with the name Jackson Pollock, here the artist has autographed the work even more directly, with several handprints you can see in its upper right corner. Around this time Pollock stopped giving his paintings titles and began instead to number them. His wife, artist Lee Krasner, later explained, “Numbers are neutral. They make people look at a painting for what it is—pure painting.” Collectors did not immediately appreciate Pollock’s radical new style, and when first exhibited in 1949, this painting did not sell. Later that year the work was shown again in the artist’s second solo exhibition and shortly thereafter was purchased by the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
“Every good artist paints what he is.” – Jackson Pollock