Artist: Jackson Pollock (American, Cody, Wyoming 1912–1956 East Hampton, New York)

Printer: Printed by Emiliano Sorini (American, active 20th century)

Date: 1944–45

Medium: Engraving and drypoint

Dimensions: plate: 14 15/16 x 17 13/16 inches (37.9 x 45.3 cm)
sheet: 21 3/8 x 29 5/16 inches (54.4 x 74.5 cm)

Classification: Prints

Credit Line: Gift of Lee Krasner Pollock, 1975

Accession Number: 1975.647.4

Rights and Reproduction: © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


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 1966 in consultation with Gabor F. Peterdi (1915–2001), a fellow member of Atelier 17.