Paul Jackson Pollock (January 28, 1912 – August
11, 1956), known as Jackson Pollock, was an
influential American painter and a major figure in
the abstract expressionist movement. He was
well known for his unique style of drip painting.
During his lifetime, Pollock enjoyed considerable
fame and notoriety, a major artist of his
generation. Regarded as reclusive, he had a
volatile personality, and struggled with
alcoholism for most of his life. In 1945, he
married the artist Lee Krasner, who became an
important influence on his career and on his
Pollock died at the age of 44 in an alcohol-
related single-car accident when he was driving.
In December 1956, several months after his
death, Pollock was given a memorial
retrospective exhibition at the Museum of
Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. A larger,
more comprehensive exhibition of his work was
held there in 1967. In 1998 and 1999, his work
was honored with large-scale retrospective
exhibitions at MoMA and at The Tate in London.
To learn more about Pollock, click here.
vincent van gogh
(1853 - 1890)
Who doesn't love Vincent Van Gogh? I began
my passion for his work while in college and
continued when I saw a Van Gogh exhibit at the
National Gallery of Art. In an art appreciation
class at ODU, the professor discussed what has
become my favorite Van Gogh painting - The
Night Cafe in the Place Lamartine in Arles. She
pointed out how his brush strokes imply
movement and give the illusion that the furniture
and other items are being sucked out of the
Van Gogh is often the butt of jokes because he
cut off his ear (and then gave it to a prostitute),
apparently during a period of depression. A
2009 ABC News article, however, provides
another possible reason Van Gogh lost his ear:
Paul Gauguin cut it off during an argument and
the two men adpoted a "pact of silence" about
My favorite Van Gogh paintings:
The Night Cafe in the Place Lamartine in Arles
c.1888. Notice the movement in the painting, as if the items in the room are being sucked out of the door.
Wheatfield with Crows
Delightfully melancholy. Really captures a mood.
Click here for a complete catalog of Van Gogh's
paintings (with images).
Click here for Artsy's Van Gogh page.