Jackson Pollock American
Printed by Emiliano Sorini American, born Italy
Not on view
One of the key figures associated with Abstract Expressionism, Pollock spent several months in the fall and winter of 1944–45 experimenting with intaglio techniques at Stanley William Hayter's print studio, Atelier 17, then located in New York City. He created eleven engravings, including this one, that exemplify his early artistic development and experimentation with printmaking. Hovering between abstraction and representation, the prints articulate Pollock's spontaneous approach and early interest in the Surrealist practice of automatic writing. Interestingly, Pollock and Hayter pulled only trial proofs of this engraving; an impression of the final state was printed posthumously in 1967 by Emiliano Sorini (1931-1999) after an earlier consultation with the Atelier 17 artist and printmaker Gabor F. Peterdi (1915-2001).