Happy Birthday, Jackson Pollock and Alice Neel

Watery Paths
Jackson Pollock
Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna Rome
Two cheers on this charmed day in history to celebrate the births of both and . Although distinguished by drastically opposing characteristics and running in separate circles, it seems the two shared more in common than a post-birthday headache on the 29th. Pollock, affectionately nicknamed “Jack the Dripper,” let his paint fly from brush to canvas; his expressive paintings were derived from reality but channeled the inner mind of the artist, much like Neel, whose figures and portraits—although realistic—used expressive brushstrokes to relay visceral, psychological inner truths.