Scattered Composition


Two- or three-dimensional works in which compositional elements or images seem to be distributed randomly. Jackson Pollock and other Abstract Expressionist painters became well known in the 1940s and ’50s for such scattered, “allover” compositions, which were inspired by both the work of the Surrealists and the experiments of David Alfaro Siqueiros. These compositions upended traditional means of organizing a work of art, often by employing the element of chance.