Number 14: Gray (1948)
Enamel over gesso on paper
57 x 78.5 cm
Photograph by courtesy of Yale University Art Gallery, United States.
The American abstract expressionist painter Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) described his art as “motion made visible memories, arrested in space.” He made his most famous paintings between 1947 and 1950, his so-called ‘drip period,’ of which Number 14: Gray is a particularly striking example. Pollock strove to free the line from representational image-making and make it a function of pure movement.¶