Number 7

Jackson Pollock American

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Number 7 is part of a small group of paintings in which Pollock reintroduced references to the body in his gestural style of abstract painting. With its irregular ovoid shape consisting of extended drips, flicks, and puddles of paint, the composition suggests an overlarge head at three-quarter view. The shape encroaches on the edges of the canvas, creating a feeling of trapped energy distinct from the expansive and unconstrained effect of Number 28, 1950 (MMA 2006.32.51). Pollock characteristically left signs of the creative process in Number 7: footprints in the upper right corner, evidence that he worked on the painting on the floor and from all directions, and yellow and dark red splatters possibly deposited while he worked on a neighboring canvas.

Number 7, Jackson Pollock (American, Cody, Wyoming 1912–1956 East Hampton, New York), Enamel and oil on canvas

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