Jun 28, 2007

Number 5, 1950

Number 5, 1950


Jackson Pollock

(American, 1912–1956)

Oil on canvas

Framed: 138 x 102 x 5 cm (54 5/16 x 40 3/16 x 1 15/16 in.); Unframed: 136.5 x 99.1 cm (53 3/4 x 39 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1980.180

Did you know?

Pollock was married to Lee Krasner, whose work is also exhibited in this gallery.


Notoriously nicknamed "Jack the Dripper" by Time magazine, Pollock pioneered the technique of flinging pigment from store-bought cans of paint onto canvas placed flat on the floor. Filled with intricate webs of lines and intermingled spatters, paintings such as Number 5, 1950 are unusually direct records of the artist's moving body and hand gestures.

See also
American - Painting
Type of artwork: 
Oil on canvas

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