Number 1A
Jackson Pollock
Number 1A
Jackson Pollock (American; Abstract Expressionism, New York School, 1912-1956): Number 1A, 1948. Oil and enamel paint on canvas, 5’ 8" x 8' 8" (172.7 x 264.2 cm). © Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA. © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.



'When I am in my painting, I’m not aware of what I’m doing. It’s only after a sort of “get acquainted" period that I see what I have been about. I have no fears about making changes, destroying the image, etc., because the painting has a life of its own.’ (Jackson Pollock)



"Unlike Full Fathom Five, painted a year prior, Pollock completely abandoned the easel with Number 1A, instead working horizontally, on an unstretched canvas, from inception. His strategy for laying in the composition moved through several application techniques, each subsequent layer increasingly mediated. The underlayer is the most direct and intimate: a series of handprints that provides structure for the layers that follow." ( © Museum of Modern Art, New York )

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'Although his process ... was spontaneous and intuitive, Pollock exercised remarkable control over it and insisted, "there is no accident."’ (© 2013 National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.)