Detail View

Date: ca.1944-45, printed 1967
Dimensions: image: 14 3/4 x 17 3/4 in. (37.5 x 45.1 cm) sheet: 19 3/4 x 27 1/4 in. (50.2 x 69.2 cm) mat: 24 x 30 in. (61 x 76.2 cm)
Medium: drypoint and engraving
Credit Line: Elisabeth Claire Lahti Fund Purchase
Label Text: At the same time he was breaking new ground with his “drip” paintings, Jackson Pollock briefly explored the centuries-old medium of metal plate engraving. In this print, Pollock carved a pattern of animated lines into the metal plate. By varying the pressure and direction of the engraving burin, each line acquired its own distinct character. Pollock further developed the image by creating dark, tonal areas through the drypoint technique (scratching the plate with a finely pointed tool). The soft, blurry effect of the drypoint areas contrasts with the sharper and darker engraved lines. Despite working on a small scale in an unfamiliar medium, Pollock was able to create the same restless, undulating forms in print that he achieved in painting.
Object Number: 2011.101
Currently not on view