Head
Date 1938 - 1941
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 40.5 x 39.5 x 2 cm
Inventory ID UID 102-455
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The ‘dripping’ period (from 1947 onwards), recognised worldwide as one of the highlights of twentieth-century art, put his earlier works in the shade, as they were less original, rarer, and less spectacular. Like most undated works of this period, it can be dated between 1938 and 1941 by comparing it with other works. At that time, Pollock had not yet met surrealists nor André Masson. One of his influences was Pablo Picasso, elements of whose work can be found in the distortion of shapes in this monstrous head, a Minotaur whose eyes fix on the spectator. The violence that this image evokes is due to the framing as well as the technique, the broad black brushstrokes that accentuate the few colours. This work shows the opposition between abstract and figurative elements, a theme which was constant in the painter’s investigations. AC
Artist’s collection; Lee Krasner Pollock collection, Anthony d'Offray Gallery; acquired in 1997.