Jackson Pollock: No. 5: World's Most Expensive Painting

Jackson Pollocks abstract painting entitled No.5 made in 1948 is considered as the world's most expensive painting that has been sold by David Geffen to Steven A. Cohen for  $140 million in 2006 (Inflation-adjusted value: $151.8 million).
Jackson Pollock: No. 5, 1948
The painting is a 4x8 foot piece of fiberboard covered with thick amounts of brown, gray and yellow paint drizzled from the top. Dubbed as "Jack the Dripper" for his style, he began painting with his canvases laid out on the studio floor, and he developed what was later called his "drip" technique, turning to synthetic resin-based paints called alkyd enamels, which, at that time, was a novel medium. Pollock described this use of household paints, instead of artist’s paints, as "a natural growth out of a need." He used hardened brushes, sticks, and even basting syringes as paint applicators. Pollock's technique of pouring and dripping paint is thought to be one of the origins of the term action painting.

Sadly, Jackson Pollock was a troubled and volatile alcoholic and died in 1956, at 44, in an alcohol-related car accident.

1 comment:

  1. Jackson Pollock was a genius. I will compare him to Professor Albert Einstein. Jackson Pollock also invented something nobody else had ever seen, thought of or done.

    Like atoms and molecules he invented the idea of painting an impression. Not just an impression or expression but “the impression”.

    Jackson Pollock own idea was not to paint something but to paint the motion or the inner feelings what ever was observed in real.

    How could he do this? By letting his inner feelings, thoughts and ideas (dreams) come true in his art.

    He was fighting all his life and the fight was about who he was. He did not know. Was he his mothers darling? His fathers proud son or a good brother or what?

    Was he an artist, a failure, a drunker or a man who people (mostly women) admired and loved?

    How could he achieve all this (a normal man`s dream) and at the same time stand up to all others (mostly men)?

    By pursuing his art, he thought he should be inspired by all the other famous known painters and art critics? It shows on his paintings along the path, but only when he for a moment sank into family hood with Lee Krasner and moved to East Hampton and was taken care of by Peggy Guggenheim, he found his inner art.

    The years 1948 – 1950 was his only chance (and became his last chance).

    Meeting Ruth Kligman became his fate and when an artist (or a man) meets his soul fellow (as well as his inner spirit, art), for a man like Jackson Pollock it became fatal.





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