Jackson Pollock (1912-1956)
Jackson Pollock (1912-1956)


Jackson Pollock (1912-1956)
oil on masonite
14 x 10 5/8 in. (35.5 x 27 cm.)
Painted circa 1930-33.
Estate of the artist
Lee Krasner Pollock, New York
Gallery Suzuki, Tokyo
Acquired from the above by the present owner, 1989
P. Lubecker, "X Kunstenkraftfelt," Politiken, 16 June 1963.
F. V. O'Connor, "The Genesis of Jackson Pollock: 1912 to 1943," Ph.D. dissertation, John Hopkins University, Baltimore, 1965, pl. 32 (illustrated).
F. V. O'Connor and E. V. Thaw, Jackson Pollock: A Catalogue Raisonne of Paintings, Drawings and Other Works, New Haven and London, 1978, p. 9, no. 10 (illustrated).
London, Marlborough Fine Art Ltd., Jackson Pollock: Paintings, Drawings and Watercolors from the Collection of Lee Krasner Pollock, June 1961, no. 3 (illustrated).
Düsseldorf, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Kunsthalle, Jackson Pollock, September-October 1961, no. 20.
Zurich, Kunsthaus, Jackson Pollock, October-November 1961, no. 3.
Stockholm, Moderna Museet, Jackson Pollock, February-April 1963, no. 3.
New York, Marlborough-Gerson Gallery, Jackson Pollock, January-Feburary 1964, no. 3 (illustrated).
New York, Museum of Modern Art, Jackson Pollock, April-June 1967, p. 19, no. 2.
Paris, Centre Georges Pompidou, Muse´e National d'Art Moderne, Jackson Pollock, January-April 1982, no. 100 (illustrated in color).
Sale room notice
Kunstmueum Basel would like to request this work for their upcoming exhibition "The Figurative Pollock“ from October 2, 2016  to January 22, 2017.

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Lot Essay

Born in Cody, Wyoming in 1912, Pollock arrived in New York City in 1930 by way of Arizona and California, a young artist with neither formal training nor direction, but one determined to make it as an artist. As such, the 1930s were for Pollock a period of self-discovery, a passionate struggle--both physically with his materials and psychologically--to imbue his work with meaning. These circumstances give his work from this period a certain unrefined rawness. At the same time this body of work can be seen as a response to the milieu of burgeoning artistic styles surrounding him, which became for a source of inspiration. Woman, executed early in Pollock's short but dazzling career, provide a captivating window into the artist's psyche as he sought to define himself and his art. In Woman we see the roots and influences which would ultimately lead him, just a few years later, to a radically new style and technique which would catapult him to international superstardom as the embodiment of a new American modernism, permanently altering the landscape of the art world.

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