• Lee Krasner, Jackson Pollock’s wife, changed
her name. Her original name is Lenore Krassner.
• Pollock’s real first name is Paul. Right around
the time that he moved to New York to study with Benton in 1930, he
decided to drop his first name and use his middle name of Jackson.
• The only person to survive Pollock’s deadly car
accident was his lover, Ruth Kligman.
• One of his most famous works is Blue Poles,
painted in 1952. It was created with enamel and aluminum paint with
glass on a canvas.
• The most important element in Pollock’s
paintings is that of lines. When he first
started using the method of pouring and dripping
paint onto canvas, it resulted in huge areas
covered with complex linear patterns that
created image and form.
• “Jackson Pollock: Is he the greatest living painter
in the United States?” That was the question on the front cover
of Life magazine on August 8, 1949.
• His first experiment with liquid paint was at the Siquieros
workshop in New York, 1936.
• The French equivalent of action painting, a form of
abstract expressionism associated with Pollock, is Tachisme.
• Pollock was nicknamed Jack the Dripper because he literally
dripped paint onto his canvas to create unique, intricate pieces.
• His brother Sanford knew Jackson had a special talent.
In 1941, he wrote a letter to their eldest brother Charles about Jackson.
He said if Jackson could “hold himself together, his work will
become of real significance. His painting is abstract, intense, evocative
• Pollock’s paintings differed from before he moved
to the Hamptons and right after the move. Before moving to The Springs
in East Hampton with his wife, his imagery was congested, the colors
were somber, and the overall mood of his paintings was anxious and conflicted.
• After the move to the country, the colors were brighter,
his compositions were more open, and the imagery reflected a new responsiveness
• His work Blue Poles, 1952 was originally inscribed
with a ‘3’ and subsequently painted over with a ‘2’.
• In 1949, Pollock decided to number his paintings, including
the year they were created, instead of using descriptive titles. This
began with his 1949 solo exhibition at the Betty Parsons Gallery.
• Downward arching stretch-marks at the top edge of the
canvas are common with Pollock’s works. This is because he would
often hang them along a beam in his studio; another step in his creation