Jackson Pollock, ‘Untitled (Psychoanalytic Drawing, Number 4)’, 1939-1940, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Collection: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Image rights: © 2011 Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

"Making Modern: Pollack / Picasso"

Venue: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2016)

Gift of Happy and Bob Doran

About Jackson Pollock

Major Abstract Expressionist Jackson Pollock, dubbed "Jack the Dripper" by Time magazine in 1956, is best known for his large "action" or drip paintings of 1947–52, formed by pouring and manipulating liquid paint atop canvases set on the floor. A wholly original, rule-shattering figure in American art, Pollock inspired Frank Stella, Richard Serra, and the Color Field painters. Pollock's early Surrealist works of personal symbols and abstract figures show the influence of José Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, Joan Miró, and Max Ernst, as well as his experiences with Jungian psychotherapy.

American, 1912-1956, Cody, Wyoming, based in East Hampton, New York